A trip down memory lane

A trip down memory lane

Back in 1977, ALVA’s ‘brother/like-minded charity’ “The Echidnas” hosted, produced and performed a Showbusiness ROAST to honour Theatrical Agent, Brian Fogarty at St George Leagues Club. 800 people attended that day. Who knew that 41 years later, people would gather at the Rockdale Businessmen’s Club to relive these great memories with Agent to the stars – BRIAN FOGARTY.

Well that is exactly what has happened. Many gathered to listen to this wonderful broadcast containing many amazing comedians, sadly, some no longer with us. It was quite extraordinary hearing the voices of JACK O’LEARY, LARRY BURNS, LUCKY GRILLS, DAVE BURKE, KEITH SMART, WALLY LESTER, BARNEY COOMBES, JOHNNY HOLMES, SYD HEYLEN, JOHNNY GARFIELD, RAY SEAGER, SEAN KRAMER, MIKE HARRIS, BILLY KEARNS & RAY McGEARY + so many more. All that attended experienced so many emotions; some sad yet most joyful, as they took a trip down memory lane. 

Unfortunately they only managed to get through HALF of the recording and Brian suggested that another gathering should happen in the future to hear the 2nd half of this amazing recording. 

On the day, guests were asked to make a donation at the door. We were very honoured when Brian announced that all the entry proceeds would be donated to ALVA. It always amazes this committee when members of our community take the time to do their bit to help ALVA help others. On behalf of all those that ALVA helps, we say thank you Brian and all those who attended on the day.

Check out this lovely photo with Pat Scroope, Honorary ALVA Bloke Marty Morton and Brian himself.