On Friday night, the Railway Hotel in Spring Hill was abuzz with activity.
But instead of Simon Oborn, Mark Amos and co. sitting at the bar while publican Garry Sampson poured beer as so many Friday nights before it, they were outside the pub pulling rubble away from the doors.
The Railway Hotel was hit hard by Friday's storm, with the awning at the front torn clean off by gusts of wind which hit 70km/h as trees were brought down across Orange and the region, while trampolines were lifted out of backyards and power cut to large areas.
Mr Sampson said the pub had got off lightly compared to how bad it could have been considering how close he was to trying to tie the awning down.
"I saw the roof begin to move so went out to the car to grab a rope, and by the time I got around the side to grab a ladder she'd gone," he said.
"I could have been up on the ladder when it went. The things you do to try and save things."
On Friday evening, cleanup began as emergency services - led by the SES - responded to more than 50 call-outs for assistance, including at the Railway Hotel.
Mr Sampson said he'd been inundated with help.
"Helpers, neighbours, friends around here just came and gave their time last night, the SES, police, fire brigade, they were all great," he said.
Many of those helpers were back on Saturday morning, with half a dozen hands on deck - who jokingly said they were just in it for a free schooner.
The publican wasn't convinced.
"I think they're just very very concerned people," he said.
"It's very, very nice people do come and help and the Aussie spirit comes out.
"It's a very, very friendly little pub. We were - and still are - doing very very well. This isn't going to bugger us, it'll slow us up a little bit but it's going to be okay."
As well as business has gone in the past three months, the pub was hit just as hard by coronavirus shutdowns as anyone, and while the fields around Spring Hill are slowly greening, there are still signs of the drought which has gripped the region.
While the building is insured, there's no indication how bad the damage to the externals are and how much repair will need to be done, but the interior is still as it was before Friday's storm.
"It's just we didn't really need this but we're going to get through it," Mr Sampson said.
"It could have been a lot worse. No-one was injured, no-one hurt, killed, it was just loss of the awning.
"If we get it cleaned up now we'll put the barriers up to the doorway and hopefully we'll be able to open tomorrow."
"I hope we do - there are a lot of people booked in for lunch tomorrow."
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