A special presentation of images and videos from Tweed Regional Museum’s collection continues on Twin Towns big screen until 10 January. The slideshow features rare beach scenes from the early 1900s through to the 1960s, with Summer holiday crowds depicted camping, swimming and competing in the Hokey Pokey dance and beauty competitions.

Museum Curator Erika Taylor said the rare footage taken by Charles Simpson in the 1940s and 1950s which was donated to the Museum by the Simpson family, is being shown outside the Museum for the first time.

“The Hokey Pokey competitions that he captured attracted up to 1000 people at a time. No trip to Greenmount in the 1950s and 1960s was complete without taking part in the famous Hokey Pokey competition, a dance based on hand jive,” said Erika.

“At the time the phenomenon attracted national and international media attention so became known around the world.”