Weekly Photo Challenge : Vivid

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In Coolangatta, a normally sedate, seaside suburb, on the border between Queensland and New South Wales, the streets were closed to traffic and today the town erupted into a mass celebration of colour, music and nostalgia from that great era of rock-n-roll, the 50’s and 60’s. Thousands of hot rods, custom cars and classic vehicles lined the stunning beachfront

Cooly Rocks On” had hit town.

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Thousands flocked in from all points of the compass. Accent’s from all around the world could be heard joining in the singing and the bouffant skirts showing layers of frilled lace petticoats twirled and flipped to the iconic music of Bill Haley and company. For a day I was transported back to a time when I was a teenager.

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It was time to shake the creases out of the colourful retro clothes of the 50’s and parade around town. Remember those stockings  held up with a garter belt? No panty hose back then, they had a back seam that was notoriously hard to keep straight. I think this lady may have drawn her seam on… 

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So much vivid colour and every where things to bring back memories. Remember the old style skates? I do…

Even a sighting of Elvis, the King…

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 This year is the first time since 2009 that we have seen this rock-n-roll extravaganza. We have been on the road every year since then and especially during our winter we would leave town. It has become much bigger, more cars, more people, but still the same happy, colourful atmosphere. Click here to take a trip back in time to the previous “Cooly Rocks On” or as it was called back then “Winter Sun”

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43 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge : Vivid

  1. I liked it, all the way down to Elvis- then I just had to shut my eyes 🙂 🙂

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  2. Brilliant for the vivid theme, Pauline! I just love the clothes and music from this era 😀

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  3. very very cool! american muscle in aussieland 🙂
    great post-it i love me hot rod shows 🙂

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  4. What fun Pomme! And a great trip down memory road with you comments about garters and no panty hose. We tend to forget ugly memories like those things!!!!!

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  5. Truly vivid in many ways PP. I heard on the radio yesterday that the people born post 1940 have grown up in the best of times. Certainly the late fifties and sixties were fun for teenagers of the day.

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  6. Thanks for putting this one on record, We are so fortunate on the Gold Coast.being Australias play groung there is always plenty of free entertainment. We have it made all we have to do is keep fit enough to participate.

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  7. Did you take the opportunity to dress up and strut your stuff? I love the clothes from back then and that car is fabulous. Skating was fun. although I was never brilliant at it. A cool nostalgic post 🙂

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  8. Vivid colours, vivid fashions, vivid memories! 🙂

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  9. WOW! What a colorful and fun celebration. Great photos too!

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  10. poppytump

    Twirly skirts … roller skates and a chance to meet with Elvis 🙂 Happy days Pauline !!
    Vivid memories .

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  11. I love your header, the colour of the cars, the skirt swirl, the overthetop Elvis, and the stocking seams. Thanks for Bill Haley too.

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  12. Love that orange auto, and all the circle skirts – fabulous examples – thank you!!!

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  13. That floral skirt!! Just gorgeous!!

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