Locals, patrons and staff at the Sandy Creek Hotel take a well earned break during the working bee in aid of publican Gary Little.
Locals, patrons and staff at the Sandy Creek Hotel take a well earned break during the working bee in aid of publican Gary Little. Deanna Millard

Community rallies behind Gary after callous thieves strike

WHILE Sandy Creek Pub owner Gary Little was fighting for his life after a horror car crash last week, brazen thieves were breaking into his business.

Despite the callous actions of some, community spirit was at its finest at the watering hole this weekend, with patrons rallying around their publican, their friend.

Mates turned up in droves for a three-day working bee to take the pressure of Mr Little when he returns from hospital.

Regular patron Terry Crowley said the local community was disgusted to find the hotel had been broken into for the second time in a fortnight on the night of the accident.

"We were alerted to the break-in on Friday morning when someone saw the back door wide open," he said.

"Once again they only took the till, but we were so disappointed that someone would take advantage of the situation while Gary and his mother were in hospital. It's a really low act."

The loyal supporters ran raffles on Friday and Saturday night to raise funds for the materials for the repairs, and spent their days fixing damage, painting and spring cleaning.

Mr Little has been one of the longest-serving publicans at the Sandy Creek Hotel and Mr Crowley said the local community had the utmost respect for the popular publican.

"He is such a funny and entertaining man who gives so much to the community and charities," he said.

"We just want him to feel good when he gets home, and it was great to see so many willing to lend a hand and give something back."

Mr Little is recovering in Toowoomba Base Hospital after successful surgery and is expected to be released early this week.

His mother Ivy is still in a serious condition in the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Mr Crowley said the hotel is fully functioning in Mr Little's absence thanks to his family, staff and loyal patrons, and preparations for the March 19 pig races were still under way.



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