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young and old are preparing for celebration of all things British
Tairua residents young and old are preparing for a celebration of all things British from October 5 – 7 when thousands will gather for the annual Brits at the Beach.
Where else but Tairua will you find maypole dancing, coconut shy, the British High Commissioner to New Zealand, the Geebees and a woman with a remarkable likeness to the Queen?
Brits at the Beach is now in its third year and is gathering momentum as a fun weekend for people of all nationalities.
Among the activities planned is the Scruff’s Dog Show, Tug O War, Terror in Tairua Mystery Treasure Hunt, Brit Lit at the Tairua Library, market day stalls, Brits Swap Meet and Boot Sale and a sold out performance by the ‘Geebees’ at the Tairua Hall.
Some 270 British cars will be on display from Zephyrs to Jaguars, Anglia’s to Morri Minors and a 1923 Rolls Royce.
Organiser Lynette Dey says tickets are selling well for the various events over the weekend and accommodation is also filling up fast. Contact the Tairua Information Centre to make an accommodation booking or buy tickets at a special pre-door sale price.
“We’ve got a lot of our favourites from last year like the morris dancers, the Thames Valley Pipes and Drums playing the bagpipes and Tairua’s Town Crier Nigel Cattell. It’s a real community event with things like the flower show and kids art show, fundraising stalls selling Cornish pasties and mushy peas.
"The fete at Cory Park Domain will be opened by the British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Vicki Treadell, who’ll be arriving by chauffer driven Jaguar.”
Lynette says Tairua has a relatively large population of British who own holiday homes which they use in the New Zealand summer before returning to Britain for the British summer. They are known locally as ‘Godwits’, named after the migratory birds that also make Tairua their seasonal home.
“A lot of our ‘godwits’ are coming back to Tairua a little earlier now to be here for Brits at the Beach,” says Lynette, “which is of course great for us because they are an important part of our community.”
View a Brits at the Beach programme on the Brits' website www.britsatthebeach.co.nz and visit www.tairua.info for more about accommodation and sightseeing in Tairua.
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Tairua School ukelele band will provide the music
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