Tully hopes for a right royal tonic
JAYNE Barnes reckons the sight of Prince William munching on a Tully banana would be a powerful tonic.
God knows, spirits in Queensland’s cyclone-ravaged North need lifting.
‘‘ The people here have lost so much. If Prince William came it’d be just the biggest thing for the community,’’ says Ms Barnes, who owns the Tully Heads Tavern.
The prince’s tour, which will also take in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch across the Tasman, is intended as a gesture of solidarity with victims of the disasters.
Ms Barnes says that’s something Tully Heads, ravaged by category five Cyclone Yasi last month, needs in spades.
‘‘ It would be such a morale booster to know someone of such high stature would take time out to come here. People need something to take their minds off things, even if it’s just for a while.’’
Another Tully Heads local, Norma Eadie, said the prospect of a princely visit was ‘‘ cool’’ but it was a shame he’d be alone.
‘‘ But someone might ask him about the wedding dress. We’ve got a few cheeky ones down here,’’ she said.