Temperatures soar at Blues, Brews and BBQ’s Clarence River Jockey Club’s [CRJC] Executive Officer Michael Beattie said that despite the postponement of the scheduled running of Sunday’s Country Championships qualifier race event, the Blues, Brew’s and BBQ’s event still went ahead as planned. “Clearly the record heat in Grafton led to us to having a record low crowd for Blues, Brews and BBQ’s,” said Mr Beattie. “However I’m still comfortable with the clubs decision not to cancel the [BB&B] event, to enable the faithful to attend.” Despite both the scorching temperatures and low crowd numbers, those who attended were not disappointed with the entertainment line up. Talented guitarist Phil Emmanuel wowed his audience with his amazing music, only stopping briefly to wipe the sweat off his hands and brow. Joking with the crowd, Mr Emmanuel commented that the horse races were cancelled due to the heat, but the entertainers still had to work. The crowd showed their appreciation as he happily continued on doing what he loves. Patrons cooled themselves down with cups of ice and water along with the odd squirt from a water pistol or two which added to the fun. Sunday’s record breaking heat wave saw the scheduled Yamba Golf and Country Club’s race day, held over to Monday, with the first race set down for a late start at 3.25pm.