Mixed gen­er­a­tions to farewell the Al­bion

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

A MULTI-gen­er­a­tional crowd is ex­pected to fil­ter through the Al­bion Ho­tel on Satur­day night, as the iconic Wan­garatta venue opens for the last time.

The Mur­phy Street ho­tel is clos­ing, and has been of­fered for sale by owner Ken But­ter­worth, but is not ex­pected to re-open as a night­club.

Mem­o­ries, some of them clearer than oth­ers, have been flood­ing back for Wan­garatta res­i­dents and ex-pats since the an­nounce­ment of the im­pend­ing clo­sure.

As a re­sult, many for­mer reg­u­lars are ex­pected to min­gle with younger pa­trons on Satur­day night to say good­bye to the pop­u­lar nightspot.

Rec­ol­lec­tions shared on The Chron­i­cle’s Face­book page in re­cent days go all the way back to the time when the ho­tel was owned by Jim Kir­wan, with many mem­o­ries fea­tur­ing the pres­ence of Mrs Alice Knee­bone or, in more re­cent years, cur­rent op­er­a­tor Steve Wil­son keep­ing pa­trons in check.

Oth­ers re­call the be­gin­ning of re­la­tion­ships at the ho­tel, and cel­e­bra­tions of life mile­stones which were topped off by a visit to the Al­bion, whether on the dance floor or min­gling at the bar.

Many have also re­counted the star­tling end to the night when the pub’s lights came on at clos­ing time.

The Al­bion’s three lev­els will be open for its fi­nal night, and Wan­garatta po­lice are urg­ing those join­ing the cel­e­bra­tions to be­have re­spon­si­bly.

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