The crowd at that opening night of night-trotting in Mackay was huge
A little guy in a light-blue safari suit (that's D-M-L stuff) had brought a team of trotters for the occasion, and they left the local hayburners in their wake; while he put the local bookies (a very strong ring in those days) to the sword
His wife had quite a large handbag, and it was chock-a-block
From memory , his name was Bricknell . . or something like that
Laurie would have many fond memories of Mackay . .
And he is part of Ooralea folklore . .
Many Mackay locals still relate tales of the 'amateur day' when Bricknell and his neighbour and golfing mate the 'enforcer' were guests of the club
Strangely that day, a red hot favourite, ridden by the 'guest' rider, missed the kick by a 'panel' . .
But . . that was of little concern to the other GOH, who being the good judge that he was, had had a big whack at the winning second fav. . .
MKY was a very strong ring in those days, and the visitors well and truly covered any expenses that were not met by the amateur 'chappies'
The 'roar of the ring' is but a dull murmur . .
No wonder that Nat Gould, Damon "Life is 6 to 5 against" Runyon, and others of their ilk made a good living from their racetrack 'fiction'