VIP VISIT: Rockhampton country store Georges staff (from left) Lorraine Jones, Catherine George, Kate Knobbs and Julianne Cameron were surprised when PM Tony Abbott dropped in to buy some clothes.
VIP VISIT: Rockhampton country store Georges staff (from left) Lorraine Jones, Catherine George, Kate Knobbs and Julianne Cameron were surprised when PM Tony Abbott dropped in to buy some clothes. Contributed

Clothing to suit country

WHEN a man came into Georges store claiming that Prime Minister Tony Abbott was on his way, staff thought he was joking.

But after identifying himself as a member of Mr Abbott's security team, Catherine George suddenly found herself in a state of shock.

"We were busy vacuuming on Monday morning and, when we heard, we whipped the vacuums away and got ready to meet the Prime Minister," said Catherine, who manages the popular William St store.

"It was an honour to have him in our store."

Catherine was told that Mr Abbott had just one suit packed for his trip to Central Queensland and needed jeans and a shirt to head out to Moranbah.

"We got him RM Williams jeans and a shirt, and he looked pretty spiffy," Catherine said.

Though he was headed out west, Catherine said they skipped the cowboy hat and opted for something more suitable to his image.

"We wanted him looking smart in an akubra cattleman's hat; it's a gentleman's hat," Catherine said. "It's more of a 'go anywhere' hat."



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