The living is easy when you are happy at work
HE'D never worked behind a bar, but now Marcus Chad is the publican of the Rest Point Hotel in Copmanhurst.
And he's quickly learnt there's much more to the job than just pouring beers.
"The hardest part, but also the most enjoyable part is dealing with the patrons," he said.
Copmanhurst local Bob Hunter has been drinking beers at the Rest Point Hotel for 14 years.
Bob ordered a light beer as he perched atop his usual bar stool at the pub yesterday afternoon.
It isn't hard to tell that he approves of his new publican.
A grin spreads across his face as he describes Marcus.
"I've never met a better person," Bob said.
"We get along well… he's polite and respectful, and that's all I ask of anyone."
Marcus has been at the hotel for three months, and said he was settling in well.
He told the story of how he became the publican with a chuckle.
He had bought a property down the road and had visited the pub for a few beers on a Sunday afternoon. "I just loved the view from the back deck... it doesn't get much better than that," Marcus said.
"I said, tongue-in-cheek, that if this place ever came on the market, I'd buy it.
"And now here I am," he said with a laugh from behind the bar.
Marcus's girlfriend, Kath Kearins, works in the kitchen, and Marcus can often be found strumming his guitar in the pub. He said the community had welcomed them with open arms.
"This is real village life... "Everybody knows everybody."