Tully hopes for a right royal tonic

Townsville Bulletin - - Wills on his way north -

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.

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