COOL PRAWN: Darren Pearson, general manager of The Cellar, with a Big Prawn stubbie holder that will be given to those who buy a carton of beer from the Ballina store in the week leading up to Christmas.
COOL PRAWN: Darren Pearson, general manager of The Cellar, with a Big Prawn stubbie holder that will be given to those who buy a carton of beer from the Ballina store in the week leading up to Christmas.

Here’s cheers to the Prawn

DARREN Pearson reckons the Big Prawn is an icon of Ballina, even though its demolition has been approved.

The general manager of The Cellar chose the Prawn to put on stubbie holders to give away through the Ballina store in River Street as part of promotion in the lead-up to Christmas.

It joins Byron Bay’s Lighthouse and Bangalow’s historic main street in the set of three stubbie holders which will be given away with every carton of beer bought in the week before Christmas.

“It (the Prawn) identifies the town and we think it is definitely an icon of Ballina,” Darren said.

“I can’t think of anything more iconic for Ballina.”

The stubbie holders were made up before the decision was made by Ballina Shire Council to give approval for the demolition of the Prawn.

Mr Pearson said the demolition approval meant he was even keener to put the Prawn on the stubbie holders.

“It (the stubbie holder) will be a really good keepsake for the people of Ballina,” he said.

There have only been 1500 Big Prawn stubbie holders made. The stock that isn’t given away as part of the promotion will be sold later at the River Street bottleshop.

But Mr Pearson said there won’t be any more made, so the Big Prawn stubbie holders could become a collector’s item.

Punters will only be able to get the Big Prawn stubbie holder at the Ballina store.

Meanwhile, Lennox Head developer Chris Condon has given up the on the idea of moving the current Big Prawn because ‘its structural integrity is seriously compromised’.

But he is currently having designs drawn up with the aim of building a new Big Prawn at the proposed service centre for the Teven Road interchange on the Ballina bypass route.

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