GONE: The pub sign is the only remaining mark of where the Grantham Hotel used to proudly stand.
GONE: The pub sign is the only remaining mark of where the Grantham Hotel used to proudly stand.

End of an era for Grantham pub

YOU have probably heard of the pub with no beer, well now there will be a town without its historic pub.

The Grantham Hotel was demolished after damage suffered in the January 10 floods, with no commercial land available at the new housing site and no plans to replace the local icon at this stage.

Bernice McGarva, wife of Bill McGarva who was the licensee of the hotel until they sold the business in 1976, lamented the passing of what was more than a local watering hole but a meeting place and local icon in the Lockyer Valley.

"It's sad to see the end to a different era," Mrs McGarva said.

She said the original two storey hotel built by Bill's father William Henderson McGarva in 1900 on the William St frontage, burned down in 1916 and single storey version was rebuilt in 1916 beside the hall on the same block.

The family then shifted the hotel to the Warrego Highway side of the block in 1968 and extended the building using the fine crow's ash timber from the old hall floor to become part of the Citrus Room.

"The crow's ash timber was the best available for the dance floor in those days," Mrs McGarva said.

Many have commented on the passing of an era in the community, with the site demolition foreman Damon Williams of WBD also sad to see the pub go.

"It'll be sad to see Grantham without a pub. I had my first beer at this pub," Mr Williams said.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council mayor Steve Jones said council was investigating options to keep the hotel in Grantham after council kept the hotel licence active with a view to re-establishing the hotel in the future.

"Nothing has been ruled out. We can even look at the option of building up on the hill," Cr Jones said.

The Grantham Hotel became famous when footage of patrons standing on the veranda as flood waters swirled around them was flashed across the country.


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