Port Macqaurie District Combined Probus Club visits Gloucester

Grahame Holstein joins Brian and Nancy Burley and the rest of the Port Macquarie Probus Club walkers at the Avon Valley Inn. Photo Anne Keen
Grahame Holstein joins Brian and Nancy Burley and the rest of the Port Macquarie Probus Club walkers at the Avon Valley Inn. Photo Anne Keen

Gloucester received a few unexpected but very welcomed visitors recently. And it's not the first time.

Members of the walking group from the Port Macqaurie District Combined Probus Club made journey via train from Wauchope to Gloucester on Tuesday, May 7.

Organised by Gloucester born Brian Burley, the group of 33 walkers aged between 70 and 93 years, had a full day of fun and relaxation. For Brian, it was also a chance to catch up with his old schoolmate, Grahame Holstein.

"We've been mates since we could crawl," Brian laughed.

For other members of the group, like Brian's wife Nancy, it's was all about exploring.

"First we participate in retail therapy, second we may fit in a walk around the park, then we'll walk to the train by 4pm," Nancy smiled. The group stopped to have lunch at the Avon Valley Inn and catch up with Grahame.

But it's not the first time Brian has brought a group to his old hometown since retiring in Port Macquaire.

"The last time we were here was on May 6, 2014," Brian recalled.

It's a novel thing for the group to get on the XPT and make the journey to Gloucester.

"The people on the train made such a fuss over us," Brian said.

Also walking around beautiful Gloucester was a wonderful experience.

"We were really well guided by the visitor information centre about what to see and do around town," Nancy said.

Later that afternoon, the group enjoyed a coffee at Hebby's Bakery before leaving town. According to Brian, there are 17 Probus clubs in Port Macquarie, a far cry from Gloucester's one.