Gates given grand opening
Members of the Matamata community took a journey back in time last Friday evening.
A four-way partnership between Matamata-Piako District Council, ASB Bank and Windsor Park and Mapperley studs was marked with the official opening of the new entrance gates at Firth Tower Reserve.
More than 100 special guests attended the event with a lot of them opting to get into the spirit of things by dressing in heritage costume.
A convoy of vintage cars, tractors and bikes also made an appearance.
A fanfare played from the top of Fifth Tower heralded the opening of the gates as Mayor Hugh Vercoe and Deputy Mayor Jan Barnes cut the ribbon.
Mrs Barnes said without the support of the Matamata community, embarking on such projects would not be possible.
Wide open: Matamata-Piako Deputy Mayor Jan Barnes officially opens the new entrance gates at Firth Tower Reserve last Friday.
Looking back: Alana Sankey, 9, acts as the driver of Graham McKenzie’s unique 1912 Model T Ford.