Fish’n’chips top off ev­ery­thing

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - Sin­gle Girl

River­ton, the fish­ing vil­lage by the sea with a pop­u­la­tion of 1431 at the last cen­sus. It’s a de­light­ful spot for a girls’ week­end. While only about two hours south of Queen­stown it’s a world apart.

On Satur­day night I found my­self at the Car­ri­ers Arms on the main street. The girls and I thought we’d get out of the bach and ex­pe­ri­ence the nightlife. It wasn’t beyond the realm of pos­si­bil­ity we might meet some de­cent men.

We dis­cov­ered a juke box, beer, fish and chips and some en­ter­tain­ing lo­cals. It was an evening of pure the­atre. One of the crowd had lived in Queen­stown 30 years ago. He reck­oned River­ton now was like Queen­stown was then.

Two mid­dle aged cou­ples caught my eye. They were talk­ing and laugh­ing and ap­peared to not have a care in the world. Later in the night while the juke box blared out ABBA’s Danc­ing Queen the women danced wildly obliv­i­ous to the fact the rest of the room was watch­ing sport. They were hi­lar­i­ous.

Apart from the cou­ples, the fish­er­men and farm­ers at the bar and us, the other pun­ters were a group in their 20s knock­ing back bour­bon. I can’t re­call when I last saw so many mul­let hair­styles in one room.

They breed some real char­ac­ters down in River­ton. There’s not an ounce of pre­ten­tious­ness among them. As for the men, the jury’s still out. I may have to re­turn for fur­ther re­search. It’s worth it for the fish and chips! ◗ Queen­stown’s Sin­gle Girl is look­ing for true love. Ad­vice and po­ten­tial can­di­dates should be emailed to mir­

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