DANCING SHOES: Jude Sorensen, Rita Jackson and Marcia Cameron at the Eumamurrin Recreation Grounds on Saturday night .
DANCING SHOES: Jude Sorensen, Rita Jackson and Marcia Cameron at the Eumamurrin Recreation Grounds on Saturday night . contributed

Eumamurrin raises the roof at gala

FIFTEEN grand wasn't the only thing raised at the Eumamurrin Gala on Saturday night, with locals whipping out their best dancing shoes to help raise the roof of the town's beloved recreation centre.

With all proceeds from the night going towards the Eumamurrin Recreation Association and their new roof, treasurer Sue Close said the thriving social spot had deserved an upgrade for a long time.

"The hall is such an asset,” Mrs Close said.

"In times like this when it's so dry and everyone's down, it becomes a great place for all of us to meet and forget about the problems of the day.”

More than 130 people attended the cocktail gala, raising $15,000, which, combined with a grant the committee received, meant they had enough money to construct the roof they'd envisioned for more then a year.

"The hall currently has a Styrofoam ceiling so in summer it's really hot and in winter it's freezing,” Mrs Close said.

"We want to put new fans in and freshen up the walls. It's well overdue.

"It shows our community is still strong and we thank all our sponsors for making the night possible.”

Mrs Close said she received a flood of text messages the next day about much the night was enjoyed.

"It's such a heart warming feeling to see the community come together and pull this off,” she said.

"Our town is all the better for it, and hopefully it will better the lives of children growing up here and those who come back to the land.”