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People of Cessnock is a blog by local resident, Rebecca Murray. The project seeks to value the people of her home town by sharing their stories value and raising the profile of people living outside metropolitan areas.

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“I’m a bit down today. I haven’t been in there for a while and I just thought I’ll have a little ‘flutter’ for a little bit.

I lost my partner four months ago, and my best girlfriend, and the house was just closing in on me. I had to get out.

I get like that every now and again.

I’ve only been with him four years. I lost my husband ten years ago and now I’ve lost my partner.

I met him over at the ‘East End’ Bowling Club. He came looking for me and we’ve been going out ever since. Now he’s darn well passed away. And with a darn aggressive brain tumour. And my best girlfriend - if she had been alive today I probably would be living with her - but she passed away with bloody bladder cancer.

It’s rough. Life is rough.

And I thought, oh, bugger it. I haven’t had a flutter for a while. I’ll come down. Half your luck.

But I’m going to have a great-grandchild in October. Can’t wait.”

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