Maccas make it a big one
IT is a whopper of a family reunion, but it should probably be called a big Mac.
The extended MacDonald clan ? all 105 of them ? have once again gathered for their tri-annual get-together at Park Beach.
Reunion co-ordinator Cathie Price started the tradition back in 1986 as a way of bringing together the descendents of the three MacDonald sisters: Muriel Griffen, Peg Walker and Heather Shaw (from left to right at the front of each leg of the 'M' pictured left).
"People come from Newcastle, Brisbane and Mackay so Coffs is sort of half way," Cathie said.
Most of the clan, distinctively clad in their red reunion T-shirts, stay for a week of fun including jet skiing, go-carting, visits to the Pet Porpoise Pool, lawn bowls and a golf day.
The highlight is a variety concert at the Park Beach Bowling Club where each family must do an act, this year in a country and western theme.
The MacDonalds have booked out The Tahitian at Park Beach, filled eight units at Surf Beach next door, and will inject about $20,000 into the local economy during their stay.