The Claymore Laundromat is a meeting place for many locals. It is also a suburb with social housing and sadly some in the media and beyond look down their noses at it. People in social housing do not have a lot of money and many of the homes had no washing machines or could not afford to have them repaired. Then about 14 years ago with the help of St Vincent de Paul and others a laundromat and coffee shop were created. As well as getting washing and drying done locals had a place to meet and chat. Some years ago Julie Robertson wrote the lyrics for the song “The Claymore Laundromat” – and in May 2014 Appin Musician Jay Seeney created the music and recorded the song.
Two local actors Lee Copp and his sister Nicole Crowfoot jumped at the chance to appear in the music video. And with the laundromat volunteers they danced to the tunes of the song. We had sixty minutes to shoot the video and the team played their parts very well. My personal observation is that we have humour in every society we just have to give people an opportunity to use it.