Heritage day to mark platinum jubilee

Pieces of history . . . Gathering royal-themed items for this year’s Hokonui Pioneer Village & Museum heritage day are committee members Thelma Williams (left) and Nancy Stronach. Behind them is a car believed to have been part of the royal entourage when the Queen visited Gore in 1954. PHOTO: MICHAEL CURREEN

This year’s Hokonui Pioneer Village & Museum heritage day has a royal twist in commemoration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee, paying homage to her visit to Gore in 1954.

The historic park at Waimea St will have royal-themed items on display during the event, which takes place on September 18, from 11am-3pm.

Committee members Thelma Williams and Nancy Stronach are on the lookout for more items to add to the display.

Mrs Williams said there were bound to be people out there with royal›themed items they could lend or give.

‘‘A lot of the younger ones don’t want all this old stuff so we’d be happy to have it.’’

For those with treasured royal items, it was a chance to show them to people.

‘‘They’ll be safe . . .under lock and key.’’

Mrs Stronach said as 2022 was the Queen’s 70th year on the throne, the committee thought it worth celebrating, given the historical significance to Gore.

‘‘The Queen came through Gore in 1954. She had her lunch upstairs in H&J Smiths and the Gore Women’s Club produced the menu and served the menu.

‘‘The fact she had lunch in Gore — she could’ve had her lunch in Queenstown and it wouldn’t have been the same.’’

There would even be a car on display which was believed to have been part of the royal entourage during the Queen’s visit, she said.

‘‘It was about the fifth car in line.’’

Tea party . . . Children will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Paddington Bear at the Hokonui Pioneer Village & Museum heritage day on September 18. PHOTO: MICHAEL CURREEN

Other attractions included Devonshire teas served in fine china, a barbecue with homemade lemonade, horse and buggy rides, spinning and weaving displays and tours of the village museum buildings.

Some vintage items would be for sale and there would also be a large Paddington Bear toy which children could get their photo taken with, Mrs Stronach said.

The heritage day was free to attend, though some of the food and attractions came with a small cost.

The annual event normally took place in March, but had been postponed due to Covid-19, she said.

The change in date was an opportunity ‘‘to show off our beautiful gardens here’’.

‘‘We’ve got some fantastic blossoms and daffodils coming through for the spring.’’

The event would raise awareness of the Hokonui Pioneer Village & Museum and would be just a bit of enjoyment for the community, she said.

‘‘It’s a family day out [and] a day out for the older generation. . . to reminisce — memories of yesteryear.’’

For inquiries or to display an item, contact Thelma Williams on 027 310-4168.