Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Demolished out of the Blue; Landmark Shop Lost to White Ants

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Demolished out of the Blue; Landmark Shop Lost to White Ants

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Byline: Zarisha Bradley Zarisha.Bradley@dailymercury.com.au

THE little, bright blue building stood out on the corner of Alfred and Macalister streets.

It was the brightest structure on the street, small but hard to miss and rich in history.

A fixture on the landscape for more than 80 years, the former corner store was demolished on Wednesday, but its disappearance didn't go unnoticed.

Mackay residents have fond memories of the building - buying lollies and cream buns there before and after school, acquiring their first musical instrument and posing for a wedding photos.

Christine Hall, who has owned the property for more than 10 years, is the last in a long list of owners. Mrs Hall also has owned Central Lodge, next door, for the past 30 years.

Her husband, Wilson Hall, said she hasn't stopped crying since the landmark building on the corner allotment was demolished on March 21.

Mrs Hall said it had been a tough decision but if she hadn't done it, the termite-infested building soon would have fallen down. "It hurt me to see it go but I have done the right thing," she said. "It was riddled with white ants."

Mrs Hall said she had been prepared to pay for renovations but after finding out how severe the white ant problem was, it had to be demolished.

"We would have liked to have kept it but the money that would have been involved was just enormous," Mr Hall added.

He said they had spent a lot of money painting the building blue over the years.

"It looked very attractive blue with a white roof," he said. "A lot of people used to get their wedding photos taken out the front of there...

Mackay couple Lauren and Tim Christensen were photographed in front of the building after their wedding in November 2013.

Saddened by the news, Mrs Christensen said the most beautiful thing about it was its vintage iron lace adornments. …

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