Tokanui Hall turns 50

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The Tokanui Memorial Hall turns 50 this year.

There will be an anniversary celebration for the community at the hall on Saturday.

Secretary Sandra Earwaker said the hall was opened in June, 1967.

“We decided to have it during summer because no-one wants to be in a hall in the middle of winter,” Mrs Earwaker said.

The hall was built after two others in Tokanui burned down, she said.

“They decided to build one that was fire-proof.”

It was the biggest hall in the area and was still used for many events and community groups, she said.

“We will have lots of photos from events that have been held there so people can remember them.”

The hall had not changed much since it was built 50 years ago, Mrs Earwaker said.

A toilet for the disabled and a new kitchen had been added “but apart from that it has just been maintenance”.

The builders who worked on the hall had been invited to the anniversary.

Anyone was welcome to go, she said.

“It’s a community event.”

The celebration would start at 2pm with the unveiling of gates that were painted by a children’s art group which uses the hall.

Committee members and Southland District Council members would also speak at the celebration, she said.

There would also be memorabilia from the last 50 years, Mrs Earwaker said.

“It’s a chance to get together and remember.”