'Bloody legend': Man's rain celebration in drought-ravaged NSW lifts spirits

Kamilia Palu
News Editor

A man’s hilarious reaction to a downpour in drought-ravaged Dubbo has gone viral online, showing him running shirtless through the rain and diving into a muddy puddle – all while holding a beer.

Dubbo, in western NSW, received 39.4mm of rain on Sunday night – more than every month in 2018 except for October.

In celebration of the rain, local man Ben Goatcher stripped down to his shorts, grabbed his beer and ran across a paddock and into a puddle.

Mr Goatcher told Yahoo7 News the rain was much needed for the town, which recorded its driest period on record between January 2018 and September 2018.

Ben’s celebration in the rain has gone viral online. Source: Ben Goatcher

“It just brings joy in the community, you just go crazy,” he said. “I think everyone gets a bit of relief.”

The 28-year-old was commended online by viewers who noticed that, despite his running and jumping, he never spilled a drop of his beer.

“When you have enough practice you get used to it,” he laughed. “That’s what I’m most happy about – that I didn’t spill my beer!

“I just had a family barbecue, so I just thought I’d have run and work off dinner.”

Ben, pictured with his wife Taneya, said the rain was a real relief to residents of Dubbo. Source: Ben Goatcher

‘People out west doing it tough’

Mr Goatcher, who works at Steel Supplies Dubbo, said while local residents are doing it tough, there are families who have been hit even harder by the conditions.

“Is it dry out here, the further you go west it’s even drier,” he said. “But there’s a lot more people out there that are doing it a lot harder.”

“That’s what I’m most happy about – that I didn’t spill my beer!

He hoped his video would brighten the day of others affected by the drought.

“As long as they get a laugh out of it that’s the main thing. Take their minds off other stuff,” he said.

The video has clocked up 117,000 views in less than 48 hours, with viewers labelling Mr Goatcher a “bloody legend” and saying his rain dance is “the most Australian thing I’ve ever seen”.

Many also wished for more rain for drought-affected areas.

In July, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 99 per cent of the state was in drought, causing devastation to farmers though failed crops and starved livestock.