He's the bloke everybody wants to bag when the Maroons win at State of Origin but it was laughs and a fine pav for all when John "Hurstie" Hurst celebrated his fiftieth birthday at the Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club house last Saturday.
The stalwart new South Wales supporter who works for Townsville City Council on what some call "Hursties Hill" grew up in, wait for it, Hurstville (NSW).
John was clearly delighted to see loads of old friends show up for what one local described as an, "old school Island party".
At John's side was his wife Debbie who was making the most of the occasion as well as making sure all who attended sampled her fine and fruity pavlova.
Congratulations Hurstie and keep singing (for) the Blues.
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Speaking of Hurstville, I am researching a WW2 incident which involved an Australian Beaufighter aircrew killed in action in Norway on (Black Friday) 9 February, 1945. The navigator was RAAF 455 Squadron Pilot Officer John Douglas Blackshaw of Penshurst (yet another Hurst!), whose father was the mayor of Hurstville, A.L. Blackshaw. I am interested in locating any surviving relatives of J.D. Blackshaw (who was single, aged 21), in particular his sister, Ailsa, whose married name may have become Ailsa Bennett. There's a very special commemorative event planned for late June in Norway.