Radford family creates The Hub
Saturday, 14th March, 2020
By Emily McInerney
The St Patrick’s Race Club is launching its new addition to the race day - ‘The Hub’.
St Pat’s spokesman Andrew Schmidt said the hub was the idea of Gary Radford from about 20 years ago.
He said it was worth about $200,000 - all of which has come through in-kind support.
“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Radford family, this has been able to go ahead,” Mr Schmidt said.
“We’re very grateful to them.
“We wouldn’t be able to do things like this without them.
“There will be a wine bar, beer bar, Pimms bar and Canadian Club bar.
“There will be speakers and a TV set-up so people can see all the action.”
Mr Schmidt said The Hub was open to the public and there would be wine barrels to stand around and enjoy the day.
“It’s an ideal location, you get a clear view of the track and you’re in the shade.
“We named it ‘The Hub’ because that’s what we want to achieve.”
The Hub replaces the old volunteer’s bar between the two grandstands.
“The old bar was falling down and Steve Radford said it was time to put something new in.
“They’ve put this in all off their own back.
“The Radfords have paid for everything and constructed everything.
“Then we’ve had the bar areas donated.
“Now it is out here, the community will be able to use it for picnics and events.
“I think we can fit about 150 people in there. There is shade all day and with a breeze coming through it’s lovely.
“It’s a facility that will be used for years to come.”
Consolidated Fabrication and Engineering made up one bar and Lawrence Engineering made up the other.
“A lot of their work has been in-kind support, if it wasn’t for these businesses and their generosity we wouldn’t have events like St Pat’s.”