While attending a Memorial for the homeless in St Kilda I was privileged to hear Rose and Yvette Farewell the Gatwick. This is their speech.
This will be the last time that we'll be meeting you as proprietors of the Gatwick, so we though it was only right that tonight, as part of the homeless memorial: we remembered those that passed through the doors of Gatwick.
In the next few weeks the Gatwick will be no-more. It's the end of an era, and we're saddened that it had to end like this, but we're left with a lifetime of memories.
We remember all those souls who came to Gatwick and allowed us the privilege of being part of their lives.
For whatever the reason they ended up at the gatwick, we never judged or asked questions, and we always tried to make it feel like their home.
Unfortunately, not everyone felt that way, or understood how important it was for people to have somewhere they could go. Somewhere that they could feel safe, somewhere that they could be themselves.
Instead, politicians, police and local traders saw it differently and wanted a different outcome for those who had nowhere else to go. The ultimatum we were given made it impossible to continue, and that will be a lifelong disappointment for us.
So, all we have now are the memories. It's all that any of us have.
The memories of those who make St Kilda what it is.
So tonight, we remember.
We remember those who struggled and gave into their demons,
We remember those, whose excesses consumed them,
We remember those, who just couldn't go on any more.
But we remember them as the unique characters that they were.
And who have touched and enriched all our lives by being our friends.
For more than 45 years, Yvette and I have given our all, and we hope they knew it,
and we hope that we helped in some way.
So tonight, too, we remember Gatwick.
There will never be another Gatwick, God bless all who that lived there and Rest in Peace "Gatty".