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    FANS: From left, Bruce Midgley, Chris Niewand and Yvonne Bunton prepare for the 40th anniversary of filming The Flying Doctors television series in Minyip. They are pictured in front of Emma’s Garage with Mr Midgley’s 1937 Buick. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Anniversary celebration for Minyip's 'Flying Doctors'

Minyip will be transported back in time on Sunday when the town marks 40 years since filming began on television series, The Flying Doctors

Minyip Progress Association subcommittee member Yvonne Bunton said when she first saw the show on television, she travelled from Castlemaine to see it being made in person.

“I found out where it was being filmed, fell in love with the town and ever since I’ve been a fan of the show,” she said. 

“I had friends in Minyip at the time, so I would come over for a week or two when they were filming. 

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“I’ve fond memories of all the episodes. I’ve met a few of the actors, got their autographs and had photos with them.”

Ms Bunton said the show had a lasting impact on the town.

“There was regular busloads of tourists and German and Dutch fan clubs started up and they still come to see where it was filmed,” she said. 

“They come and ask things like ‘where did the doctor live and where was the radio base?’.”

Ms Bunton said organisers were preparing the Club Hotel – which featured in the television show as The Majestic – for the anniversary.

She said some of her own memorabilia from the show would be on display inside the hotel on the day, along with items from Minyip and District Historical Society’s collection. 
The day will also include a show and shine, with classic cars lining up along Minyip’s main street. 

Other family-friendly activities include street stalls, information booths, music, a kids zone and a service club barbecue. Ms Bunton said an auction would take place on the day, with proceeds going towards the Flying Doctors charity, while earnings from the car show would go to Minyip Progress Association.

– Sean O’Connell

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