Ev­ery week the South Waikato News delves into its ar­chives to see what was mak­ing the news 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week we found sto­ries on a water com­pe­ti­tion, a fa­tal car crash and tributes for de­part­ing leader.

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10 years ago Purely a test of taste at Berkley Fe­bru­ary 19, 2003 Pu­taruru water is off to com­pete against the best of the world again in John Den­ver’s spir­i­tual home, West Vir­ginia.

Pu­taruru’s town water was voted ninth by a panel of food celebri­ties at the 12th an­nual Berkley Springs In­ter­na­tional Water Fes­ti­val last year.

In the sci­en­tific pre-judg­ing the town’s water was given the high­est score ever awarded at the fes­ti­val. Pride in Pu­taruru man­ager Rob Sykes is hop­ing the celebrity judges will agree with the ev­i­dence.

This year, the bot­tles of pu­rity were filled out the back by Alf Wil­liamson at his truck­ing yard on Do­main Rd.

Mr Sykes said the site was cho­sen be­cause it is close to the out­let so there is less chance of con­tam­i­na­tion from the town pipes. The town sup­ply will travel with bot­tled water from the springs sent by New Zealand Qual­ity Wa­ters who sell Cool Blue.

My Sykes said the or­gan­is­ers of the fes­ti­val ‘‘bent over back­wards’’ to en­sure Pu­taruru’s water could en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Pu­taruru Water Fes­ti­val will hold the first New Zealand water judg­ing com­pe­ti­tion next month. 25 years ago Horse­man dies in Ati­a­muri crash July 5, 1988 Toko­roa lost a well- known horse trainer when on Fri­day 91-year-old Al­lan Clot­wor­thy died in a car ac­ci­dent at Ati­a­muri.

An avid horse-lover who had spent a life­time train­ing and show jump­ing horses, he was re­turn­ing to Toko­roa from a race meet­ing at Ro­torua at the time of his fa­tal ac­ci­dent.

Born in Wai­otira, Whangarei, horses and the out­doors were al­ways a part of his life. As early as 13 he was driv­ing his own bul­lock team and he also felled na­tive logs.

As a young man he trans­ported the Colville School in Coro­man­del to its present po­si­tion with bul­locks.

In World War I he served with the mounted reg­i­ment in Egypt and his horse­man­ship overseas won him a race held among the New Zealand sol­diers. 50 years ago Tributes paid to re­tir­ing pres­i­dent March 14, 1963

Trib­ute to the lead­er­ship given by the re­tir­ing pres­i­dent of the Toko­roa branch of the Coun­try Girls’ Club, Mrs E Rose, was paid at the club’s an­nual meet­ing on Mon­day night.

On be­half of the club, Mrs D Har­ring­ton thanked Mrs Rose for the out­stand­ing work she had done in her two years of of­fice.

In her an­nual re­view Mrs Rose said lec­tures con­ducted at meet­ings had been on var­i­ous sub­jects and she was sure mem­bers ob­tained some ed­u­ca­tional value from them.

SPRING­ING INTO FORM: Alf Wil­liamson fills Pu­taruru’s en­try for the Berkley Springs In­ter­na­tional water com­pe­ti­tion.

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