Originally from Molong, Kerry has been the barmaid at the Great Western Hotel for ten years, and spent the previous 15 years at the Royal Hotel. “I love that the Great Western is old school but things have changed over the years and the social habits of people have changed.

You get really close with the people that come in regularly. Some people come in, have their three beers, and you could set your clock by them. It gets personal and we spend a lot of our time here.

I enjoy my peace and quiet when I’m home with my dogs Tess and Tia who are both Shih tzu Maltese. They’re my children. It’s exciting to see the next phase of the pub but really, I’m just part of the furniture.”

We disagree, Kerry, but if you were furniture, you’d be the most valuable piece we could never live without.