The calibre and character of Brighton Surf Life Saving Club
members was celebrated by those past and present during the
club's 75th anniversary celebrations held in Dunedin over the
About 240 people took part in anniversary activities, which
included a surf sports competition and demonstrations of
surf-rescue techniques used throughout the decades.
Club patron and life member Maurice Bell convened the
anniversary and said it was a wonderful weekend enjoyed by
People travelled to Brighton from throughout New Zealand and
Australia, and from as far as Madagascar for the event.
''We had such a great turn-out, especially for a club of our
size. It's been a very, very successful club over the years
and has about 80 active members at present,'' Mr Bell said.
The relationships formed between the club's oldest and
youngest members were particularly special, he said.
Some of the club's past members from the 1940s and 1950s
attended the reunion.
''It was great for our older members to come back and see
what the club has done and achieved under the same ideals and
disciplines from the early days - and to see the quality of
the younger members coming through,'' Mr Bell said.
''Looking back and celebrating the club's amazing
achievements at a national level, right from the start,
helped provide an impetus for the younger members going
forward, especially as they could meet people that were part
of that heritage.''
Mr Bell said the club, which was established in 1938, had a
There was a strong camaraderie among members, who were
recognised as a central part of the wider Brighton community.
The club had not only served to protect beach users, but was
also instrumental in community education and training, he
''I'm so proud of all the members who pitched in to help
celebrate at the weekend. It's gone extremely well and
everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations.''
Other anniversary events included a formal dinner at
Glenfalloch, and participation in the annual White Island
race hosted by the St Clair Surf Life Saving Club.