Dear Friends of Dear Departed Dave,
After a fabulous street party last Sunday in Lismore, the Rankin Family are now looking forward to holding Dave’s Melbourne Party on Sunday October 27th.
The Celebration will begin with a Street Band playing outside Luna Park at 10-00am. (This should leave time for those with Sunday gigs.)
A procession route will be decided before the day and you will be advised by email, Jane La Scala’s Jazz Ramble blog, the Australian Jazz Lovers Group on Facebook, and a Rankin File FaceBook page. This will enable those with limited walking situations to drive / be driven to the (yet to be chosen) beach spot. Once there we’ll share some magic moments from Dave’s adventures and there will be a couple of surprise guest artists. Pat Miller, as a friend and ex-Rank ‘n’ Banned’ member, has offered his services to organise the marching band. Contact Pat to join the list.
Finger food will be available. Not sure about flagons though… Hip flasks perchance!
Dave, David, Davey Rankin spent the last 30 years of his life up North, in Sydney, Brisbane and finally Lismore. Despite the years away his heart still remained in St Kilda and one of his final wishes was to have his ashes scattered on St Kilda Beach.
Please wear something appropriate for a Street Party, especially Coloured Umbrellas, suspenders if you dare and underwear as day wear perhaps. The Famous Gorilla Suit will be there amongst the black fishnet stockings and old bicycle seats.
Dave’s daughter Rachel is on her way to Melbourne with the Ashes and will later be joined on the day, by Merella, Boyd, Johnno, Allan, Tom, Helen and the family in St Kilda for this very special occasion.
If you know of anyone that doesn’t have email access please feel free to ring them and share these details.
Yours, for Dave’s daughter Merella Curtis and The Rankin Family.