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Disco to provide entertainment for kids

Two Benalla residents are organising a disco for children aged 12 and under.

MONIQUE FREER June 6, 2014 3:33am

Peter Mangles and Dean Easton are organising a blue light disco for kids under 12 in Benalla and district.

A night of dancing is on the cards for children this month in a bid to introduce greater entertainment options for young people in Benalla.

Benalla residents Dean Easton and Peter Mangles are organising a disco for children aged 12 and under this month, with an event reminiscent of the police-run Blue Light discos.

‘‘It’s just to give the kids something to do,’’ Mr Mangles said.

‘‘You’ve got to do something with your kids otherwise all they do is watch screens.’’

A former policeman, Mr Mangles proposed the idea after successfully launching Blue Light discos for children in his former hometown about 20 years ago.

The disco will be the first of its kind in Benalla.

The duo plans to create safe and supervised entertainment for primary-school-aged children in an environment that excludes drugs, alcohol consumption and violence.

Mr Easton hopes to make the event a regular fixture on families’ calendars.

‘‘Hopefully if it’s successful and we get the numbers we’ll make it a regular thing, once every few months,’’ he said.

With music by Paul Hossack, the evening will be an opportunity for children across the district to socialise in a safe environment.

Mr Mangles said there would be no ‘‘pass-outs’’ for children attending the event.

‘‘If parents want to get their kids early they have to come to the door and get them,’’ he said.

There will be off-duty policemen attending the event, and Mr Easton said staff would patrol the carpark to ensure the disco was as safe as possible.

The disco will be held at the Benalla Lakeside Community Centre on Friday, June 20 from 6.30pm to 10pm.

Admission is $5 and soft drinks will be available on the night.

If any parents would like to help at the disco, they can phone Dean Easton on 0499771437.

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