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Watering hole gets new roof

Saturday, 21st May, 2016

Work has been underway on the roof for roughly a fortnight. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Work has been underway on the roof for roughly a fortnight. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Darrin Manuel

One of the city’s oldest watering holes is being given a new lease on life thanks to the Turley family.

A $50,000 upgrade has been taking place at the Excelsior Hotel over the last fortnight, with the most visible change being the installation of a new roof.

The work is being carried out by the crew of former local Adam Turley (Turley Construction, SA) and his father, Bruce, who is the publican.

Adam said the 128-year-old roof was in need of replacement due to general wear and leaks, with work expected to continue for at least another week.

The ceilings of old buildings can sometimes contain relics from days gone by, however Adam laughed that the clearing of the roof had only revealed a century of dirt, an old iron, and the remains of several stray cats which had passed away many decades ago.

Thirsty locals needn’t be deterred by the ongoing renovations however, with staff confirming that it is business as usual and opening hours have been unaffected.

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