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6 CAMDEN-NARELLAN ADVERTISER NEWS Wednesday September 28, 2016 Barnesy hits Mac Square POP CULTURE BY JESS LAYT HE’S the working class man spruiking the Working Class Boy – Jimmy Barnes caused a stir at Macarthur Square last Wednesday. The Scottish-born Aussie rocker was in Campbelltown for a signing of his auto- biography, Working Class Boy, which details his child- hood in South Australian town Elizabeth. Locals had been lined up since just after 6am for the 9.30am signing. Some were so overcome with excitement at meeting their musical idol that they burst into tears and could not stop shaking. Others came dressed in Jimmy Barnes and Cold Chisel T-shirts – one woman even got the legend to sign her shirt, a replica of the one he wore in Chisel’s You Got Nothing I Want film clip. The book signing was arranged through QBD booksellers, who anticipated more than 300 fans. The number was easily met. At just after 9.30am, sales staff told the Advertiser FIRST IN LINE: This group were among the very first people in line to meet Jimmy Barnes at the signing. Picture: Jess Layt DREAM MEETING: Pattie Ellis met her idol at the signing of Working Class Boy last Wednesday morning at Macarthur Square. Picture: Chris Lane at least half of the 500 copies of Working Class Boy had al- ready been sold. Rhiannon McNiven rose at 5am to travel up from Mudgee to see Barnsey. She, and Grasmere’s An- gela McNiven, had been in line since 6.15am. “I grew up with Jimmy in my life, my mum is a die- hard fan” she said. “I think my first words were from a Cold Chis- CROWD OF FANS: Hundreds of people lined up to meet Barnesy and get their books signed. The line snaked through the centre court and past the banks. el song.” Rihannon described the moment she met Barnes as “amazing” and wanted to do it again. “I was just shaking, it was amazing.” Angela McNiven said she was there to support Rihan- non and had her book copy signed for her compan- ion’s mother. “It was exciting, I’m lost for words,” she said. “It made me nervous ac- tually, but I got a nice photo with him and he was very caring and wanted to know what time we got here.” Mount Annan mother and daughter Merril and Jeri Shortland were just ahead of the McNivens in line and had been waiting since 6.10am. Merril said she had been a fan of Barnes since she was 16 and saw him perform in Auckland. “He’s awesome, how could you not be a fan,” she said. “He’s amazing, I just love him.” Her daughter was equal- ly impressed. “I was so calm at first, but when I went up to him I was just shaking,” she said. Also among the first five in line was Narellan’s Melis- sa Dunne. “I’ve been a fan since I was 10,” she said. “My uncle used to play his tape all the time. I’m a mas- sive fan, it was so exciting. “He signed my book, then I almost forgot my book and my phone – I was that excited I just took off!” Working Class Boy is in bookstores now. Step into spring RM2428769 Grower of Quality Trees, Shrubs, Grasses and Ground Covers