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Tribute a packed house

Wednesday, 31st March, 2021

By Neil Pigot

A full house greeted the performers at the final event commemorating the centenary of the death of Percy Brookfield at the Railway Museum on Saturday night. 

The tribute to Percy, which featured a dramatic re-enactment of the labour activist and parliamentarian’s last hours from actors led by award-winning filmmaker Jason King, a recital of the poem by and, of course, a rendition of the Red Flag sung with gusto by Don Mudie, was enthusiastically received.

The performance was bookended by music from the Broken Hill Community Orchestra. 

And although Orchestra leader Mark Curtis conceded some of the players were “a little nervous”, having not performed for a year due to COVID restrictions,  whatever nerves there were disappeared with the first note. 

In fact, the music sat so well on the old train platform that it might be worth considering regular weekend concerts at the venue.

On a night brimming with moving moments, highlights included the witty and informative scene-setting address by historian Paul Adams and the sombre and respectful exit of Brookfield’s coffin, accompanied by drummers replete in highland kilts. 

Christine Adams, director of the museum was pleased as punch.

“It was a wonderful tribute.” 

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