Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

MU­SI­CIANS are used to per­form­ing un­der pres­sure but Keith McDon­ald’s per­for­mance just me­tres from the de­mo­li­tion of the Fair­ways Tav­ern on Wed­nes­day was a first for the singer.

“It doesn’t hap­pen ev­ery day,” McDon­ald joked.

He was a reg­u­lar per­former at the tav­ern dur­ing the 1980s and 90s when it was a Satur­day night in­sti­tu­tion in Perth.

McDon­ald said it was bit­ter­sweet to see the build­ing at the Wem­b­ley Golf Course de­mol­ished to make way for a new res­tau­rant and bar.

“It was a large part of my life for 10 years.

“I haven’t played here for a long, long time but in the days I did play here, it was my place.

“We would usu­ally have 250 to 300 peo­ple and at its best we had 700 peo­ple; those were the days when the Fair­way Tav­ern was the al­ter­na­tive to the big beer barns.”

Town of Cam­bridge Mayor Si­mon Withers said as part of the $10 mil­lion pro­ject, the tav­ern, built in the 1960s, would be re­placed with fa­cil­i­ties to cater to golfers and the com­mu­nity.

“Wem­b­ley golf course is al­ready WA’s most pop­u­lar and busiest public course and these im­prove­ments will con­tinue to set it apart,” Mr Withers said.

“The whole con­struc­tion pro­ject, in­clud­ing the minia­ture golf course and play­ground, will take 12 months to com­plete.”

To see Keith McDon­ald per­form­ing while the tav­ern was de­mol­ished, visit the Western Sub­urbs Weekly Face­book page.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d440187

Keith McDon­ald used to play at now-de­mol­ished Fair­ways Tav­ern.

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