Coun­try mu­sic club has stayed strong over 40 years

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The South Waikato Coun­try Mu­sic Club is cel­e­brat­ing its 40th birth­day next week­end.

The club will hold two mu­si­cally themed cel­e­bra­tions at the Pu­taruru Plaza on Fri­day, March 22 from 7pm till 10pm, then on Satur­day from 10am till 5pm. There will also be sausage siz­zles and a birth­day cake to be cut by foun- da­tion mem­ber Mar­garet John­ston and youngest mem­ber 6-year-old Jade O’Brien.

Club pres­i­dent Les Whyte de­scribed the birth­day as a great achieve­ment.

‘‘I feel proud to be pres­i­dent of this club that con­tin­ues to go for­ward.

‘‘ It has been able to go this long be­cause it’s an af­ford­able night’s en­ter- tain­ment and a great fam­ily night out.’’

The club was founded in 1973 and has been based in Pu­taruru since its in­cep­tion.

Over the years the club has used its singing abil­i­ties to raise funds for var­i­ous com­mu­nity and vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Their most no­table past mem­bers in­clude Patsy Rig­ger and her fa­ther Jack.

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