Maryborough’s Rachelle Gallagher hasn’t missed a Boxing Day at the Post Office Hotel yet and wasn’t planning to this year either.
Maryborough’s Rachelle Gallagher hasn’t missed a Boxing Day at the Post Office Hotel yet and wasn’t planning to this year either. Karleila Thomsen

1500 people pack PO for party

DARK clouds threatened to rain on their parade but that didn’t stop more than 1500 festive Fraser Coasters from packing into the Post Office Hotel to celebrate one of Maryborough’s long-time traditions at the weekend.

Boxing Day at the PO was a huge success publican Clay Clayton said yesterday.

“It was the biggest crowd yet,” he said. “We were a bit worried about the dark clouds and the rain but it didn’t seem to worry anyone.”

A section of Wharf Street was closed off for the afternoon to accommodate the crowd, a live band and a barbecue.

Mr Clayton said he was particularly pleased there were no incidents of violence or public nuisance.

“Even later on at the Criterion there were zero incidents,” he said.

Long-time Maryborough residents Graham Wareing and Peter Ponti claim to have started the Boxing Day at the PO tradition in 1999.

Mr Wareing said they would catch up to watch the cricket, play a game of pool and drink of few beers.

“Every year we’d invite a more friends and before we knew it, it was a huge event,” he said.

Mr Clayton said staff was looking forward to watching the event grow in size over the coming years.

“It’s getting to be as busy as the pub crawl,” he said.



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