HOMECOMING: Nola Welch, Marlene Langton, Christine Richmond and Janice Navin at the 2017 Cooyar Show.
HOMECOMING: Nola Welch, Marlene Langton, Christine Richmond and Janice Navin at the 2017 Cooyar Show. Tobi Loftus

Sisters return to Cooyar Show after 50 years

THE Gibson sisters may now live all around the state, but that did not stop the Cooyar-raised women returning to the show on Saturday for the first time in about 50 years.

Nola Welch, Marlene Langton, Christine Richmond and Janice Navin all made the journey back.

Mrs Langton was the one who initiated the trip back to their home town.

"My husband and I were travelling through here last year when we saw the clerk, who told us the show was on, so I organised us all to get here,” she said.

"Our eldest sister Janice was very sentimental about Cooyar and she lives in Townsville.

"I thought right, this is a good chance for us all to come back here together, and look, here we are.

"We all arrived today, on the day of the show. It's been a lovely day so far and we're staying in the pub tonight.”

Mrs Navin, the eldest sister, said she enjoyed being back in the town where she grew up.

"I'd love to live in Cooyar again,” she said.

"It's just so lovely to be back, seeing people we haven't seen in a long time.

"The last show I went to I was 15, that was 62 years ago.

"It's great to be back here with my sisters. It's made it extra special.”

The sisters, who live in Townsville, Brisbane, Logan and the Sunshine Coast, also have a brother who could not attend the show.

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