BEST MATES: Roma school teacher Jacina van Slobbe (right) was shocked to find out that her great friend Madeline Eaves had surprised her by coming out to Roma for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
BEST MATES: Roma school teacher Jacina van Slobbe (right) was shocked to find out that her great friend Madeline Eaves had surprised her by coming out to Roma for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Tom Gillespie

Happy surprise of Madeline for Jacina

ROMA school teacher Jacina van Slobbe has been friends with Madeline Eaves since what seems like forever.

So that's why it was such a shock when one of her best friends appeared in Roma to help her celebrate the start of 2016.

The primary school teacher and nurse were among hundreds who got out to the local pubs to ring in the New Year, and Ms van Slobbe said she wouldn't have it any other way.

"We've been friends for what feels like forever," she said.

Ms Eaves said her friend had no clue she was flying in from Brisbane to shock her.

"I just wanted to surprise her for New Year's Eve," she said.

"She had no idea."

Ms van Slobbe admitted the emotional reunion had gotten the best of her. "I just lost it and cried - she's a great friend," she said.

Commonwealth Hotel co-owner Ben Cannon said he was impressed by the behaviour of the crowds at his venue, particularly considering it was New Year's Eve.

"We haven't had even close to an incident," he said.

"It was in good spirit and everyone enjoyed their night.

"Entertainment is a winner and we had a local band that people loved."

For more photos from the night, turn to pages 8-9.

HOW did you celebrate New Year's Eve? Let us know by emailing editorial@ westernstarnews.com or by calling 4578 4100.


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