TALKS OVER TEA: Dawn Madsen and Gaye Nicholls enjoyed their cups of billy tea at the Red Hatters lunch at Bestbrook Mountain Resort yesterday.
TALKS OVER TEA: Dawn Madsen and Gaye Nicholls enjoyed their cups of billy tea at the Red Hatters lunch at Bestbrook Mountain Resort yesterday. Jayden Brown

Red Hatters get a taste of country life

A SEA of red hats descended on Bestbrook Mountain Resort as Warwick's most colourful group took a trip in the country for its bi-monthly lunch yesterday.

The Warwick Red Hatters looked a picture against the rustic country background of Bestbrook as they shared a laugh and had a chat over billy tea and damper.

Red Hatters hostess Mary Bourke said it was something different for the city ladies. "We thought it'd be a nice idea taking the ladies to the country," she said.

"We've had wonderful responses with more than 40 women joining us for lunch."

The colourful characters were treated to the full Bestbrook experience, including a talk about the region's history, bush poetry, butter making demonstrations and fresh camp oven damper.

Some of the ladies shared their memories of life on the land with Maryvale locals Cyril Ryan and Bruce Rippingale.

The Warwick branch of the Red Hatters was the first to open in Australia, founded by much-loved local Florence Slattery.



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