Thursday, 13 March 2003
Reporter: Judy Kelly
If you're a Mackay local or you've visited the town, you would have noticed a group of fellas who gather on one of two corners (depending where the sun is) in the City Heart.
It's a custom that was brought to Mackay when the Maltese emigrated to take up predominantly cane farm work in the 1930s. It's developed over time from day outings to the beaches to meeting in a more central location to have these regular chinwagging sessions.
Some of the members of this group have been meeting up in this spot for over 40 years, from their school days and can remember coming to town once a month to shop with their mothers and seeing the men in the families gathering on the corner.
Pictured here on the corner are Charlie Grima, John Galea, John Attard, Matty Vella, Paul Portelli and John Bezzina