The Bell's ring in 10 years

Peter Bell and his family Alisha, Cassandra and wife Carol have volunteered ay the Caloundra Music Festival since it first started 10 years ago.
Peter Bell and his family Alisha, Cassandra and wife Carol have volunteered ay the Caloundra Music Festival since it first started 10 years ago. Patrick Woods

TEN years ago Peter Bell and his family put their hands up to volunteer at the Caloundra Music Festival.

Now, as seasoned "vollies” who have never missed a year, Peter said his family had grown with the event that's etched into the calender of Coast residents year round.

"My daughter Alisha has to take the credit,” Peter said of the family's involvement.

"It was the case of Alisha wanting to go to the concert and at the time we couldn't afford it, so we thought we'd all go along and help out...and we never left,” he added with a laugh.

Peter said he and his wife Carol, and their daughters Alisha and Cassandra have volunteered at various stations at the festival over the years, but he had become a permanent fixture at "Bell's Diner”.

"Our family is part of the team that look after the other vollies,” Peter said.

"The first year I didn't really know what I was doing, I think I helped out with first aid, then on the Sunday I gave them a hand with the barbie, then I just became head chef.

"They created an area called Bell's Diner where we put on a barbecue to make sure everyone has a bite to eat.”

Peter turns the snags, prepares the menu and co-ordinates orders to feed the 550 volunteers daily.

He said the music festival was a drawcard for the Coast.

"It's just lots of people having lots of fun - there are never dramas, everyone comes to have a good time,” he said.

"You just look around and see mum and dads and kids and everyone just bopping around.”

Last week Peter and all the hundreds of other volunteers attended their induction at The Events Centre Caloundra ahead of the festival.

"You get to meet all the people you haven't seen for 12 months,” he said.

"We've got a volunteer who is coming up from Melbourne, she used to live on the Coast but moved away and always comes back.

"You're part of this huge team that works together, and it's a real buzz.”

The 10th anniversary of the Caloundra Music Festival will see Guy Sebastian, The Cat Empire, Thirsty Merc, Kate Miller-Heidke, Busby Marou and plenty more talent perform at the Kings Beach Amphitheatre from September 30 until October 3. Further information www.caloundramusic

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