The new year has started well for Rochester traders, many welcoming a boost from revellers.RENEE THOMPSON January 7, 2014 4:12am
Rochester traders welcomed the boost brought in by New Year’s revellers last week.
Shamrock Hotel owner Ian Crouch said New Year’s Eve was busy at the pub.
‘‘It was a good evening. Trade was up on last year,’’ he said.
Mr Crouch said the good weather probably helped.
‘‘The behaviour of everyone was excellent. Everyone brought in the New Year in a great mood,’’ he said.
‘‘People were letting off poppers and such.’’
Trade was also good over the New Year’s Day lunch period with a good mix of tourists and locals stopping in for a bite, Mr Crouch said.
Rochester Wine Tavern B and B owner Mick Baker said his business was closed on New Year’s Eve but that trade was good on New Year’s Day.
‘‘The traffic heading back to Melbourne on New Year’s Day was pretty heavy going and a lot of people were stopping for coffee or lunch,’’ he said.
Caltex owner Justin Cleary said the service station had seen decent numbers of holiday makers filling up before hitting the roads.
‘‘Trade has been solid, without upsetting any records,’’ he said.
Criterion Hotel owner Adam Parker reported similar steady trade.
‘‘Night trade wasn’t massive, but trade throughout New Year’s Day was good,’’ he said.
Rochester Hotel owner Denise Conway said crowds were good, with a few people moving from pub to pub on New Year’s Eve.
‘‘We had a fair few turn up at about 10pm ready to party,’’ she said.
‘‘It was a good crowd with a good attitude.’’
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