The Thames On Kirkwood
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 4:33PM
Bill Barclay

Last evening marked the openng of one of the most impressive additions to the Thames landscape in years, in the form of Adrian Catran's new reception centre on the corner of Kirkwood Street where DoC used to have their offices.

Adrian has spent a packet creating a facility that can entertain several hundred people at a time for all manner of function - primarily of the 'after-match' variety where in the past it has been necessary to move next door to the Salvation Army, or to St James up the street in far less salubrious surroundings.

The new premises have the most up-to-date commercial kitchen and licensed bar facilities to meet all requirements, and in addition (for more joyful occasions), sound and light facilities that are of the highest standard, and the equivalent of anything available in main centres. Already, bookings are coming in from out of town, and many more are expected that will result in drawing a great deal of business to the town.

Last evening was a splendid occasion involving a 'Bugsy Malone' theme, and the Thames Hoi-Polloi  rose to the occasion with much colourful thirties style fashion evident - heaven only knows where all this stuff comes from - I even spotted a white snow-fox stole that must have cost an 'arm and a leg' at some point in time.

Congratulations to Adrian and his dedicated staff for putting on a first rate show including cabaret numbers, and for the confidence Adrian has again shown in the town. Mayor Sandra said it all in carrying out the official opening when she said that Adrian had always had the best interests of the Peninsula, and Thames in particular "front and centre."

With the dedication of the crematorium later this year, his investment should be complete, and this town will have funeral facilities 'second to none'!




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