Last drinks at Weileys
By EMMA CORNFORD
THE doors of Weileys Hotel were shut yesterday. Gone was music coming from the old jukebox and raucous laughter spilling onto Prince Street.
It was the final sign that the well-known Grafton landmark and pub had indeed closed for good.
The final day of trading on Saturday attracted a variety of drinkers through the pub's doors, from regulars who had been there since 7am that morning, to newcomers who consumed their first ? and last ? Weileys beer.
Then there were the people who would visit the pub once or twice a year. They had mostly come to pay homage to a bar which will forever remain etched in drinkers minds as a place which provided good times ? as well as the odd story.
The question now is where will all the regulars go?
When speaking to The Daily Examiner last week, other tabernacles were nominated by the regular 'Weileys crew'. Some said they would move to the South Post Office Hotel because it is another 'early opener', while others nominated the Albion Hotel.
But the majority did not know. They were simply too sad to think they would be moved from their daily watering hole, which for many of them, was more like a family than a pub.