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1960s Yallingup Board Club function at Caves House

Last evening the 1964-66 Yallingup Board Club (YBC) members and friends had a get-together at Caves House. A framed photo of the 64-66 YBC members was donated to the Hotel by Peter Dyson.

There was a big turn-out of pioneer surfers and their partners at the function. MC Bill Oddy introduced speakers Rob Birch and Peter Dyson. Sadly eight of the original members in the photo have passed on. Sonny  James and Tina Wilson were there representing their late husbands Terry James and Joe Wilson respectively.

The evening went well and beers and memories flowed.

Brief History of YBC (compiled by Mike Bibby)

The Yallingup Board Club was formed in the early 60’s by a group of 25 mainly Cottesloe based surfers following a suggestion by Caves House publican Bill Copley to Cliff Hills and Rob Birch to build a shack in the grounds. Each member put in £5 which was used to build a clubhouse in the grounds of Caves House above the bowling green.

Membership after the clubhouse was built was by invitation only and the numbers grew to 43. The photograph was taken by Izzy Orloff in his Fremantle Studio.

The club was unbeaten in 13 consecutive inter-club competitions that were held in both the metropolitan area and down south from 1964 to 1966.

The club faded out in 1967 when Bill Copley sold Caves House to the Emmett brothers, farmers from Merredin. The YBC club shack was demolished.

Photo: 2015 Original YBC President Rob Birch handing framed YBC print over to the Manager of Caves House Hotel. Nina Jones and Bill Oddy are looking on. Photo credit Bruce King.

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Photo: 2015 A mob of former Cordingley Bros surfboard riders outside Caves House. Photo Credit Loz Smith

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Photo: 2015 Attendees Bill Oddy, Brian Cole, Kevin Merifield & Rob Birch with a framed image of former Caves House publican Bill Copley. This framed image with a brief history will be donated to Caves Hotel for display purposes.

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Next time you are down south call into Caves House and have a look at the heritage image hanging in the front bar.

Social photos from the function have been posted on SDS Facebook page. (Photos by Loz Smith & Bruce King)