Revellers at the Crossroads Hotel had plenty to celebrate on Saturday night – and first and foremost was the capacity to dance again.

When Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced major changes last week and COVID-19 restrictions were lifted to allow standing and dancing in pubs and clubs, this was a Christmas present that hoteliers and patrons alike embraced a thousandfold.

It has been a difficult year for the hospitality industry, and with the Christmas season being an optimum time for everyone to let their hair down and enjoy themselves, the timing could not have been better.

Local performer Leon Cunningham wowed the crowd with his most popular tunes at his first gig with dancing allowed in what has been months.

He is looking forward to a return to normality and getting the band together again for practices in the new year.

Leon called the night ‘awesome’ and there was no doubt that the crowd agreed.

“It was great to catch up with everyone on Saturday night and we had a blast,” Crossroads proprietor Dave Hamel said.

“Leon was on fire and rocked the house.

“It was great to see everyone dancing and enjoying themselves,” he said.

“It’s been too long – way too long, and let’s do it again soon.”

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