Foxy?s pulling out after 24 years
ROBERT "Foxy" Graham has spent more time than he'd like to remember behind bars ... not the jail type, the ones that serve ice-cold beer.
But after 24 years working in pubs, the last eight as the publican of the Riverview Hotel in Murwillumbah, Mr Graham will be cleaning out the beer lines this Friday for the last time. That is if there is any beer left in the place after all of Mr Graham's mates join him for one last drink.
Foxy Graham said yesterday that his years in Murwillumbah had been good to him.
"I was born and bred here and then moved away for about 20 years, working in pubs in places like Gunning and Proserpine," he said.
The 62-year-old has purchased a motorhome and plans to travel around Australia following the Super Sedans.
"I'm off to Perth and Adelaide on the 10th of next month. Each time I travel I'll stay away from two to three months at a time and then come back to Murwillumbah," he said.
The reason he keeps coming back is the connections he has with the area.
"I've got 36 first cousins living around here and I've made plenty of mates throughout the years," he said.
Asked what he'll miss the most about working behind the bar, Mr Graham said "the patrons".
"It's the people you meet and the good conversations you have.
"But it's time for a change. I've had enough of being a publican."
- DARREN COYNE