Red Cross makes switch to new HQ
By ADRIAN MILLER
IT HAS been home to the Red Cross for more than 50 years, and members couldn't tell you the number of wedding receptions it has hosted, but when the doors closed to the Red Cross building in Pound Street this week, they closed for the last time.
The Grafton Branch of the Red Cross has held its meetings and functions in the red-bricked building since 1949, but will now work from the Legacy Building in Fitzroy Street, Grafton.
Grafton branch president Maureen McLennan said although the move made sense financially, many Red Cross volunteers would miss the familiar feeling of their old building.
"We've got to be sensible about it because the kitchen is old, the building is old, and we've been paying someone to mow the lawns ... it's got to be a viable proposition, and you can understand that," she said.
Pat Cossio, a volunteer who has spent 35 years with the organisation, said the move was very emotional.
"I still remember the first day I came to help at a wedding," she said.
"I brought my knitting, but I never touched it of course because I've never worked so hard in my life."
Mrs McLennan said while their surroundings would change, they would still have their traditional functions and meetings would still be the third Monday of each month.
"But we are certainly going to miss our old place," she said.