Marty Phillips admires the latest addition to his memorabilia collection, along with Craig McTear (left) and Chris Rix from the
Marty Phillips admires the latest addition to his memorabilia collection, along with Craig McTear (left) and Chris Rix from the

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COFFS Hotel patrons will now have a permanent reminder of the devastating blaze which ripped through the pub in July.

Coffs Coast Advocate staff yesterday presented licensee Marty Phillips with a framed collection of news clippings and photographs which appeared in this newspaper the day after all hell broke loose.

It also chronicles the progress which has been made in the lead-up to today's long-awaited reopening of the front bar.

"To me, the most important thing was we didn't lose anyone in the fire. You can always replace material things," Marty said.

"I can't express enough my gratitude to the emergency services personnel who responded so quickly and professionally when they were called."

The gift will take pride of place in the front bar, which is expected to do a roaring trade over the next few days.

Celebrations are in store today for lunch-time patrons and those who rock up for a drink after work.



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