Chillingham an ideal lifestyle

AFTER 28 years on the high seas, Banora Point trawler owner John Wager went in search of a different lifestyle for his family.

But rather than a sea change he headed for cow-country in the Tweed Valley at Chillingham.

Mr Wager and his wife Dorothy bought the Chillingham Village Store in 2003 and moved to premises above the store with their two young sons.

"We wanted a country change - and that's exactly what we got," Mr Wager said.

"The community is friendly and we love the peaceful, country lifestyle," he said.

"And it's been great for the boys they can go down the creek fossicking or down the street and we feel it's safe for them," Mrs Wager said.

"They have a little bit more freedom - a more old-style childhood, like we had."

Mr Wager said the store, built in 1922, was known for its traditional hamburgers, was a popular tourist stop and the village's local watering hole .

"We wouldn't dream of moving now."



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