When, a little over a year ago, CTS ran a story about reception centres of the western suburbs, it won a lot of readers.
As explained then, it was inspired – largely – by the derelict building on Sunshine Road in Tottenham.
I’d always assumed it was a reception centre.
But when I stopped to photograph it, I wasn’t so sure – it seemed a mite small.
Back then, a reader assured me of its reception centre credentials and that it was destined for new life as the new location of the long-standing Happy Receptions on Union Road in Ascot Vale.
Lo – it has become so!
It’s bright and shiny and new and very big.
So far as I can tell, none of the original structures remain in place.
As I park, the owner is quickly on to me – i.e. wondering what the hell I’m up to.
He relaxes, but remains guarded, as I express my interest.
He tells they’ll be opening in a couple of weeks and there’s already a stack of bookings.
There’s actually two reception facilities.
The one on the left, unfinished as yet, appears smaller, but the owner tells me it’s actually bigger.
The reason for the move from Ascot Vale after 40 years?
There’s a real problem for guest parking there.
And, of course, the land is very valuable.
Destined, the boss tells me, for apartments.
Gee, what a surprise!
I’d love to do a fly-on-the-wall story of a typical reception centre wedding/celebration Saturday night: The staff, the cooks, the band, the food, the guests, the lot!
Have put it one outfit, but they never got back to me.
This guy was pleasant enough, but sufficiently reticent for me to think he’s not a good candidate!
See original story here.