Land­mark ho­tel re­vival hope

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

I WRITE to com­ment on the Townsville Bul­letin ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing the Vic­to­ria Park Ho­tel kitchen in the Novem­ber 24 edi­tion.

I grew up on Sev­enth Av­enue, South Townsville, and my wife grew up on Sixth Av­enue.

Although we have lived else­where for many years, I chose to hold my 70th birth­day party at the Vic Park and then, just be­fore the fire in June, my wife and I held our 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary in that part of the ho­tel which was largely un­touched by the fire.

We chose that venue be- cause the Vic Park Ho­tel has been an im­por­tant part of our lives, and be­cause Robyn and Frank Sexton are such great hosts and man­agers of the ho­tel.

Sev­eral years ago, my fa­ther and his mates were reg­u­lars at the ho­tel for many of my early years.

My wife and I watched with sad­ness at 6am on the morn­ing of the fire, as the fire was fi­nally ex­tin­guished. We shared the po­ten­tial loss of an im­por­tant land­mark and fo­cal point for many.

We have been hop­ing that the ho­tel will con­tinue to play the im­por­tant role in many peo­ple’s lives that it has for the many decades that I re­mem­ber.

If we held an­other func­tion there, it would not feel much dif­fer­ent, apart from the ab­sence of a kitchen, which was sit­u­ated in the old part of the ho­tel which was burned.

Townsville busi­nesses are cur­rently do­ing it tough and I hope that the coun­cil can as­sist the Sex­tons to grad­u­ally re­cover from the trauma of the fire, as this would ben­e­fit so many who iden­tify as Ross Is­lan­ders. GARY SCOTT, Hyde Park.

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