Rockingham pub The Swinging Pig offers free meals for people named Mark after Premier Mark McGowan lifts restrictions

The West Australian
The Swinging Pig.
Camera IconThe Swinging Pig. Credit: The Swinging Pig/Facebook

Premier Mark McGowan might be copping a mixed reception around the country for his strict border controls, but he can be sure of a warm reception in one of his local pubs.

Rockingham’s The Swinging Pig has hailed our State’s leader a cult hero after he announced phase four of WA’s coronavirus recovery would start this weekend.

From Saturday, West Aussies will see many of their pre-COVID freedoms return by being able to stand up at the pub, go to watch sport and go to a nightclub.

And the folks at Rocko’s Swinging Pig are making sure the move doesn’t go unrewarded, by not only offering a free meal for the Premier, but also anyone else named Mark as well as Marc’s Marcus’ and Marco’s.

“You can trust the boy from Rocko to sort it out!” the Swinging Pig gushed on Facebook.

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“In case you haven't heard, our mate Marko's done it again! Saturday 27 June brings even more joy as you'll be able to stand with a pint again, plus a bunch of other great stuff!

“To help give our mate Mark a huge thumbs up, all weekend we're doing "Mark Eats Free" for anyone named Mark! Just buy a meal, & we'll shout your mate Mark for free.”

To make things even more interesting, the pub is also offering to shout the whole pub a pint if the man himself turns up for his free feed.

And regulars could be in luck! Reacting to the offer this morning, the Premier said he would set aside some time in his busy schedule to make an appearance on Saturday.

“Why not? I'll go down to the Swinging Pig and hopefully they deliver – hopefully it's not a pony or a shandy. Hopefully it's a pint,” he said.

Unfortunately, the Premier declined to nominate exactly what time he intended to head along to the Rockingham venue.

Earlier this month, Mr McGowan went to a Rockingham kebab shop to devour a takeaway after making headlines for breaking into hysterics over a question relating to the greasy snack.

He was asked whether West Australians would be fined for going for a jog and sitting down to eat a kebab, like a man had in New South Wales.

“They do think differently in New South Wales,” he replied through laughter, before declaring: “There’s nothing wrong with going for a run and having a kebab.”

The press conference earned Mr McGowan a huge following, with many praising his good humour during the tough times.

In a video posted to his Facebook, he showed off his celebratory kebab.

“Hi everyone, phase three changes have kicked in, there’s relaxation of restaurants and cafes and the like across the state. I’ve come out to celebrate,” he told his followers.

“I’m here at Pitta Pit in Rockingham with Sam who’s running the show here and I’m eating a kebab. Enjoy!”

The video was brilliantly captioned: “Happy Phase 3 Western Australia! I didn’t run here, but I could have.”

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