Mental as Anything play at Cherry St Sports Club in Ballina yesterday.
Mental as Anything play at Cherry St Sports Club in Ballina yesterday. Liana Turner

PHOTOS: Mental as Anything play through deluge

HUNDREDS braved the rain to see Mental as Anything take to the stage in Ballina yesterday.

Cherry St Sports Club operations manager Brad Benson said the live music and barbecue event was initially planned for the greens.

But an unexpected albeit much-needed deluge saw the crowd take cover under the club's deck.

"We just thought it'd be the perfect venue," Mr Benson said.

"We've had six weeks without rain and of course, it rains, but we need the rain so we've got to be happy about that."

Mr Benson said they made the relocated event work, and the crowd was no less happy when the band's set began.

"We've had a lot of people say they haven't seen them for 20 years and they still hold them really high up on their list of people they want to see," Mr Benson said.

The day was helping a good cause, too; $2 from every barbecue box and $1 from every beer sold went toward helping drought-stricken farmers.

Mr Benson said the club had also been heavily involved in the Buy a Bale effort and customers have been hugely generous.

"We've had ladies come in that are on a pension giving us cheques for $200," he said.

"The community support has been awesome."

"People have said it's a shame about the rain but we need it.

"I hope a lot of it goes out west."



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