Beer?s out as sumo pair diet to help kids
By DARREN COYNE
THERE'LL be fewer kegs of beer ordered at the Commercial Hotel in Casino during the next three months.
Two of the hotel's best patrons ? Barry Morgan and David Blackman ? are giving up the grog and embarking on a campaign of healthy eating to lose weight and raise funds for the Casino Primary Special School.
On Saturday, mayor Charlie Cox presided over the official weigh-in, with Barry clocking in at 112 kilos, and David at 104.
Dressed as sumos, the pair said their next weigh-in would be three months away, on the Saturday of the Casino Beef Week celebrations.
Nursing hangovers from 'one last party' the previous evening, David and Barry were both adamant that beer would be the first victim of their diet.
"They've had to put off two bar staff for three months," Barry joked, adding that the diet was for a good cause, and they were confident of losing enough kilos to make the fundraiser worthwhile.
"We're serious about this diet and eating healthy food. We're pumped," he said.
David is a teacher at Casino Primary and Barry is a general assistant. They are hoping to raise enough to help employ aides to take the children from the special school out in the community, as well as for some much-needed equipment.
Although they're primed for the diet, they appeared a little unsure of what exercise regime they might adopt.
"We're looking for a personal trainer to give us some advice," David said.
And while they'll be off the beer, they say they will still support the pub because it is supporting the fundraiser.
So what will it be fellas?
"Two diet sandwiches and a couple of sodas thanks, darling."