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Schinellas are coming

Friday, 13th March, 2015

Mick Schinella, owner of the IGA Fresh in Williams Street, has ample supplies ready for a busload of his relatives who will arrive in Broken Hill this afternoon. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt Mick Schinella, owner of the IGA Fresh in Williams Street, has ample supplies ready for a busload of his relatives who will arrive in Broken Hill this afternoon. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By Erica Visser

A busload of Schinellas is among the hundreds of ex-locals arriving at Broken Hill today to help St Pat’s race meeting celebrate its 50th birthday.

Pat Schinella, who left the city in 2006, said the family had hired a 48-seater bus and had no trouble filling it with willing participants.

“I heard it was 50 years and thought it’d be a great opportunity to get together as part of a family reunion,” Pat said.

“We actually could’ve filled two buses. We’ve got all of the ex (local) family and friends coming along.

“There’s also about 10 people coming who’ve never visited Broken Hill before, but I feel once they experience it they’ll be back.”

The group has a tight schedule planned for the weekend starting with lunch at Burra today and finishing with a Sunday night recovery dinner at the Maidens Hotel in Menindee.

“We’ll head to the Demo Club for tea Friday night, doing the races Saturday and on Sunday, recovery day at the Silverton Pub and a tour for all the people who’ve never been to Broken Hill.”

Pat said his cousin Joe Schinella, who hadn’t lived in Broken Hill for 40 years, had planned the event.

“At the end of the day I’m sure ex-Broken Hill people that have left over the years will always call Broken Hill home.”

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