MEMORY LANE: Darryl Newman owned the Royal Hotel in Roma from 1993 to 2007 and made the trip back for the grand opening.
MEMORY LANE: Darryl Newman owned the Royal Hotel in Roma from 1993 to 2007 and made the trip back for the grand opening. Sarah Dionysius

Royal opening draws back familiar faces

MEMORIES were re-lived last Friday night with the opening of the new Royal on Ninety-Nine.

For a decade and a half Darryl Newman was the owner of the Royal hotel in Roma so when he heard the new pub was opening he just had to make the trip back.

“"It’s good to come back, I have a lot of good memories in Roma,” he said.

“I couldn’t miss out on seeing the opening of the new Royal.”

From 1993 to 2007 Mr Newman ran the pub with his late wife and he said it was great to come and reminisce about the old pub but to also see how wonderful the new one is.

"You can’t compare it," he said.

"It’s all very impressive, it’s a credit to them really."

There was a huge turn out for the opening night on Friday and Mr Newman said he recognised quite a few regulars from his time with the pub.

"From owning the old pub I can see that this place will bring the people back," he said.

"The atmosphere is here and I look around and I recognise a lot of people who used to come to the old one."

The photo’s that feature on the walls in Royal on Ninety-Nine brought back a lot of memories for Mr Newman and he believes it’s good to see some history intertwined with the new.

"There’s so many good memories for a lot of people here."

"Good times, fun times, we’ve had people who have gotten married here and there’s lots of those sorts of memories like that."

Owner of the Royal on Ninety-Nine Justin Garvie said overall the opening night turned out well and he was extremely thankful for the town’s support.

“It was a big night and it was that busy that it became a small family affair with everyone pitching in to help,” he said.

“We had few hiccups and we’re sorting that out but on a whole it was a really good night and it was very well supported.”

Mr Garvie said it was good to see some of the previous Royal publicans, like Darryl Newman, make the trip back to Roma to come to the opening of the new pub.

“We actually had a few of the previous owners here, I know David Faulk travelled from Yamba to come to the opening and it was great to see some of the guys who had an attachment to the old pub.”


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