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Bee Gees fever takes over Redcliffe





Barry Gibb, formerly of Bee Gees, is welcomed back to his home town on September 9, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. Barry Gibb, formerly of Bee Gees, is welcomed back to his home town on September 9, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. Photo: Chris Hyde
His jive talking was just what adoring fans wanted to hear. 
Barry Gibb was cheered on Friday as he returned to Redcliffe to open the second stage of the public walkway named after the Bee Gees.
Another statue of the BeeGees has been installed along BeeGees Way in Redcliffe. Another statue of the BeeGees has been installed along BeeGees Way in Redcliffe. Photo: Loretta Ryan
The 50 metre long BeeGees Way opened in 2013 with a bronze statue of Barry and twin brothers Robin and Maurice as boys, as well as a visual history of the band.
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The second section features a new bronze statue of the trio, plus a glass structure that holds a replica of the first contract they signed in 1959. 
Gibb addressed the enthusiastic crowd who gathered on the Redcliffe Parade foreshore, telling them the peninsula was where he and his brothers embraced their love of music.
"Ultimately I didn't want to leave Redcliffe, because my heart is where the home is, and this is where my home is," the 69-year-old singer-songwriter said.
"So there's always going to be a big chunk of me in Redcliffe."
Gibb mingled with fans who had waited hours for him to arrive, posing for pictures and signing autographs. 

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