Mixed generations to farewell the Albion
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.