Billy Moore will return to Stanthorpe for annual luncheon.
Billy Moore will return to Stanthorpe for annual luncheon.

Footy icon set to return for event

RUGBY league icon Billy Moore is set to return to his roots as a special guest at the annual mayoral leadership lunch.

Moore will be in town for the November 20 function, as well as to officially unveil the Queenslander sign that has been installed at the state border in Wallangarra.

The council organised event will be hosted at the Civic Centre from 12pm on Wednesday 12, with another guest MC for the lunch.

“Billy became renowned as the quintessential Queenslander after he ignited the State of Origin crowd with his iconic “Queenslander!” chant in 1995,” a council spokesman said.

“Join the 17-game State of Origin veteran at the mayoral leadership lunch and hear stories from his impressive football career, his transition from football legend to business owner and the tale behind his famous “Queenslander!” war cry.

“Council has also been fortunate to secure retired Courier-Mail Chief Rugby League journalist and long-time rugby league writer, Steve Ricketts, to MC the lunch.

“The community is also invited to attend a free barbecue breakfast at the Wallangarra Railway Station from 9am before Billy officially launches the Queenslander sign at 10am and the new playground and barbecue area at Boston Park. No RSVP is needed for the breakfast.”

Speaking to the Border Post, Mr Moore said that catch phrase has travelled with him wherever he goes.

“I’ve been all over the world and had people scream Queenslander at me. I was in the colosseum in Rome and my wife got filthy when some people started screaming Queenslander,” Moore said.

Despite being a NSW-based two club man, Tenterfield and North Sydney, his state allegiance can never be questioned.

“I always say this, it’s not where you are born, it’s where you belong.”

Tickets to the mayoral leadership lunch are available at www.stanthorpetickets.com.au until November 15 and are $25 per person.

Stanthorpe Border Post

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