WILD THING: The female bear inside her cave at Roches Family Hotel in Grafton. Photo: DEBRAH NOVAK.
WILD THING: The female bear inside her cave at Roches Family Hotel in Grafton. Photo: DEBRAH NOVAK.

There?s a bear in there, and a chef as well

MOVES to make Grafton's Roches Family Hotel a tourist attraction have taken another step with a brown bear living in the pub's children's area.

The female bear is hibernating in a cave, but it's not getting much peace from kids who do their best to wake her up.

The bear is the handiwork of Greg Ryan, a retired retailer who has taken on the hobby of producing family delights at the hotel.

He created the bear and its cave in his workshop. Coincidentally, Roches' executive chef, Andrew Brien, is affectionately known as 'Bear'.

Next on Mr Ryan's drawing board is a large rocking horse destined for the outdoor dining area and a three-metre long helicopter.

Both attractions are designed to help raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Ser- vice.

?IAN THOMSON.



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