WITHCOTT HOTELIER NEIL Simpson with special guests Allan Langer and Billy J Smith at the mud crab lunch last week.
WITHCOTT HOTELIER NEIL Simpson with special guests Allan Langer and Billy J Smith at the mud crab lunch last week.

Alfie mixes with locals

WITH fresh crab, cold refreshments, entertainment and a footy legend, the Withcott Hotel was the place to be last Friday.

More than 70 people filled the Withcott Hotel for the famous Withcott mud crab lunch last week with league legend Allan ‘Alfie’ Langer and broadcaster Billy J Smith adding a bit of humour to the event.

However, it wasn’t all about the delectable food or entertainment, with raffles and auctions raising money in aid of 4GR Give Me Five for Kids and QHA Hotel Care supporting medical research.

The lunch wasn’t the first time the Withcott Hotel had put their hand up to help either, with a number of fundraisers earlier in the year attracting guests such as Shane Webcke, Governor General Quentin Bryce and Premier Anna Bligh, all in aid of the local community and charities.

Withcott hotelier Neil Simpson said it was a great lunch and was glad to be able to help raise money for a good cause.

“It’s been a huge success and has exceeded what I thought it would be,” Mr Simpson said.

“After the floods it hasn’t been easy and I thought it might be a bit tough this time but nearly 70 people are here and I’m over the moon.”

As guest speaker, Allan Langer talked about some notable moments in his prestigious rugby league career and was joined on stage by MC Billy J Smith who had the guests in fits of loud laughter.

“It’s been a great day,” Mr Langer said.

“Meeting with patrons is something I love and I enjoy mixing with the patrons and with people.

“It’s for a good cause and at the end of the day you’re putting back into the community.”


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