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Pete Murray cops the bird in Bundy

Pete Murray describes his encounter with "the first locals we had come across" before a gig in Bundaberg when a woman gave him the finger as "a welcoming sign".

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Singer-songwriter Pete Murray received a less-than-friendly welcome to Bundaberg, north of Brisbane, when he and his band arrived in town for a concert this week.

In a performance at the Sugarland Tavern on Wednesday night, the award-winning artist told the audience that he and his band were driving near Bundaberg Hospital on their way to the venue when they noticed two women, believed to be a mother and daughter, out walking their dog.

The band, which had become a little lost, performed a quick turn into a side street near them before waving to them as they passed, only to receive a middle-finger salute from the younger of the two.

Pete Murray.

Pete Murray.

Murray asked the crowd to give him the same one-finger welcome while he filmed it before dedicating his song, Always a Winner, to the rude girl in question.

Bundaberg Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said this sort of welcome was "disappointing", while Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism general manager James Corvan said the incident was unfortunate.

Read more at the Bundaberg NewsMail