Thelma DeArman with her family enjoying Mother’s Day lunch at the Village Green Grafton.
Thelma DeArman with her family enjoying Mother’s Day lunch at the Village Green Grafton.

Eateries flat out spoiling mothers

YESTERDAY was certainly nice for most mothers, but it wasn’t bad for business either.

Aside from the national campaigns on gifts for the past two months, it was difficult to get a table for breakfast, lunch or dinner at many eateries in the valley at the weekend.

Village Green manager Mark Knott said the pub’s restaurant Treetops had been busy all weekend.

“It’s been so busy we’ve had to have two seatings for lunch, one at 11.30 and one at one o’clock, otherwise we couldn’t fit them all in,” Mark said yesterday.

He said this boon translated to the pub and kitchen employing an extra eight people for the day.

Great-grandmother of eleven, Thelma DeArman of Junction Hill, was dining with a large portion of her extended family yesterday.

Thelma, who lives with her husband Vic, had two children, Lesley and Vic, who produced five grandchildren between them before the great-grandchildren, who now number 11, started.

Enjoying a beer before lunch, Thelma said she preferred white wine but didn’t mind whisky and ice.

Asked if she expected to be the matriarch of such an impressive tribe, Thelma said ‘no, not at all, I thought two was enough’.



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