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Two friends bring joy to Goulburn with their quirky lockdown dress-ups

Cheryl and Elaine love to dress up on their walks. Photo: Cheryl McQuillan

Cheryl and Elaine love to dress up on their walks. Photo: Cheryl McQuillan

Cheryl McQuillan and Elaine Pugh have been spotted dressed as hippies, wearing Hawaiian shirts and even as a Teletubby when they have gone on their walks.

The pair started dressing up this year on their regular walks which have not only brought a smile to their faces, but has also brought fun and joy to people in their Goulburn neighbourhood.

The quirky walks are an extension of a 35-year friendship, during which they've played tennis and squash and been part of the same runners club.

Mrs Pugh's hockey club holds an annual dress-up day which gave her an idea for walking in fancy dress.

"It is meant to be fun, life is meant to be fun," she said.

This meant Mrs Pugh had some ensembles ready to go, such as her Teletubby suit, which she purchased for one of her niece's birthdays.

The yellow suit came out when the women decided to pay tribute to Daffodil Day on their first themed walk.

Cheryl and Elaine brought a burst of colour to a wintery day in Goulburn. Photo: Cheryl McQuillan

Cheryl and Elaine brought a burst of colour to a wintery day in Goulburn. Photo: Cheryl McQuillan

"She's always talking me into everything," Ms McQuillan laughed.

"She has talked me into abseiling, and doing the Oxfam walk twice."

The walkers have been well received in their colourful and quirky outfits around Goulburn.

"I have really enjoyed it and have liked the comments from other walkers," she continued.

People across the state have also been entertained.

"I have posted photos on Facebook, and people have said 'thank you for brightening our day, and we can't wait to see what you do next.'"

Both Mrs Pugh and Ms McQuillan said they had dress-ups in their cupboards.

Ms McQuillan said she was surprised that she had suitable clothes for her favourite walk theme, where they dressed as hippies.

"Some people commented that my inner hippy came out, but I said 'it has always been there'," she laughed.

Family members have also joined it - Ms McQuillan's granddaughter Holly McQuillan and Mrs Pugh's great-granddaughter Taylah Blowes came along for the Hawaiian inspired walk.

"They were a bit embarrassed," Mrs Pugh laughed.

"The girls did not know one another and then became friends through our walking," Ms McQuillan explained.

"They did have fun, it just broke down the boredom with home-schooling."

The themed walks have also added some variety to the ladies days.

"Walking has had an impact, it is something to look forward to," Ms McQuillan said.

"We walk about where we are going, and there are lots of things to talk about."

"It has been freezing and we have worn huge overcoats, nothing has stopped us from walking."

"It is a bit of fun and it makes people smile and laugh," Mrs Pugh added.

With Halloween just around the corner, Ms McQuillan said she wanted to persuade her friend to embrace a spooky dress-up.

"I don't think we can really stop, we need to find outfits for Christmas," she said.

The pair plan to continue the walks, which have already become a fun tradition.

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