(From left) Fiona Strang, Ken Wells, Peter Strang, Fiona Wells and Bette Hardy at the Abbey of the Roses on Sunday morning.
(From left) Fiona Strang, Ken Wells, Peter Strang, Fiona Wells and Bette Hardy at the Abbey of the Roses on Sunday morning. Gerard Walsh

Tour takes in Warwick landmark

IF YOU drove past the Abbey of the Roses yesterday morning, the historical icon looked a bit quiet.

But if you had walked into the dining room on the western side of the building you would have found people galore, mainly from the Darling Downs chapter of the MG Car Club of Queensland, who were on a tour which included the Abbey of the Roses.

All of the classic cars were parked at the back.

The MG drivers and their passengers were from Warwick and Toowoomba.

Morning tea and a tour of the ground floor yesterday were part of Warwick’s 150th celebrations.

Co-owner Mark Cains said he and wife Sonia wanted to continue the morning teas and tours in the future.

“Part of the tour was looking at the origins of some of the statues,” he said.

“Two above the chapel were made by Bathoti in France, who also made the Statue of Liberty.”

Yesterday Mr Cains said he was finding more and more people with links to the Abbey of the Roses.

While the new owners have made massive changes to the garden, they have also further refurbished the ground floor.

A murder mystery dinner attracted 30 guests on Saturday.



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