Watch Liz rock out to Mustang Sally at farewell

UPDATE MONDAY: Retiring MP Liz Cunningham was given a rock star farewell from politics on Saturday.

About 200 people gathered at Tannum Sands' Millennium Esplanade to honour Mrs Cunningham for her involvement in state politics.

Mrs Cunningham was towed into the park on a rubber surf lifesaving club boat mounted on the back of a ute to loud applause.

SWIM, Applejuice Boys and Keturah Kenny provided the entertainment.

On the music stage Mrs Cunningham joined in SWIM's version of Mustang Sally and was even given a queen-size chair.

Sister Beryl Amedee drove from Rockhampton to attend the afternoon.

"I've known Liz for 12 years. I am overjoyed at the opportunity to be here," she said.

Sancha Ashton hugged Mrs Cunningham.

"You wouldn't find a more honest person anywhere," she said.

Trevor Webb said Mrs Cunningham's determination to get the job done hadn't changed.

Mayor Gail Sellers said Mrs Cunningham's decision to leave parliament was bittersweet, enjoying attending functions with her.

"It's sad for us, but we've had excellent representation with her," she said.

"If you asked her to do something she would do everything in her power to do it."

Mrs Cunningham was overwhelmed by the organised event, admitting she was lost for words.

"It's astonishing. I didn't expect it and it's incredibly humbling," she said.

"But they (public) are the reason for my work."

GREAT FARWELL: Liz Cunningham received an A grade welcome as she arrived at Tannum Sands Millennium Esplanade. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
GREAT FARWELL: Liz Cunningham received an A grade welcome as she arrived at Tannum Sands Millennium Esplanade. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

SATURDAY: Retiring MP for Gladstone Liz Cunningham was farewelled in style from politics today.

The Tannum Sands Millenium Esplanade was full of Mrs Cunningham's longest supporters, friends, students and councillors who had all been touched by her during her career.

Mayor Gail Sellers, Darryl Branthwaite, councillor Maxine Brushe and more local figures delivered personal speeches while members of the community were asked to write a note in a tribute book.

There was entertainment by SWIM, Applejuice Boys and Keturah Kenny and Mrs Cunningham was even beckoned to the stage for a song.

She will enter retirement with her husband John.



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