Marino’s Deli own­ers thank com­mu­nity for their sup­port:

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COUNT­LESS hours, ir­re­place­able art­works and fam­ily heir­looms – Art Whit­sun­day was hit hard by Sun­day night’s blaze.

Co­or­di­na­tor Linda For­rester got the call at 7pm, rac­ing down to the com­plex.

“At that point we thought it was un­der con­trol,” she said.

Things quickly es­ca­lated how­ever, with the gallery com­pletely de­stroyed.

Mem­ber Bonny Bom­bach was par­tic­u­larly im­pacted, with the gallery dis­play­ing her mother’s Holo­caust arte­facts.

“You can’t even in­sure against that,” pres­i­dent Lyndy Hill said.

Michelle An- drews was also heav­ily hit, with her busi­ness, SeaShell Photo Art, be­ing based out of the shop.

“My whole busi­ness was in there,” she said.

“Even my 24-inch printer, it’s a big wide-for­mat archive ma­chine.”

Add to this count­less art­works, the years of build­ing re­sources and the TARTS dis­play which had been put up the day be­fore, and it’s easy to see why the group is reel­ing. A Go Fund Me page has es­tab­lished to sup­port Michelle at gofundme.com/e9xjqs9h.

TAK­ING STOCK: Art Whit­sun­days' Michelle An­drews (SeaShell Photo Art), Bonny Bom­bach, Avril Ayling, Linda For­rester, Dot Smith, John Hill, Peter Jen­nings, Kerry Keny­ong, Tony Ayling and Lyndy Hill dis­cussing their next move the morn­ing fol­low­ing the fire.

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