WHEN the new owners of the Kandanga Hotel took over in May this year it did not take long until local patrons were asking them "where's the chair?"
The Greensill family had been told by the departing owners "the chair" was in the shed, but a search of all outbuildings did not turn up the prized relic from the past - a barber's chair which had been a part of the pub's DNA for many, many years.
"A previous owner, probably about 50 years ago, sent it away to be restored," publican Carolyn Greensill said.
"It has been a big part of life in Kandanga ever since; and an important tool in fundraising drives, where people would get their hair cut in the chair and pay for the priviledge," she said.
"Many locals grew up with it and they're upset it's no longer here."
One of those locals is Kandanga Snack Bar owner Madonna Roebeck.
"Everyone has sat in that chair," she said.
"When I ran the pub, we even had people who got married and had photos taken of them sitting in it.
"It was a beautiful old chair and an important part of Kandanga's heritage."
So if anyone knows what happened to the barber's chair, please let the new publicans know.
They, like the many locals who remember the chair, would love to restore it to its rightful place, front and centre in the main bar of the Kandanga Hotel.
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