Xmas tradition returns to Takapuna Beach

GOLDEN OLDIE: Actor Stephen Lovatt performs a scene from The End of the Golden Weather at Takapuna Beach.
GOLDEN OLDIE: Actor Stephen Lovatt performs a scene from The End of the Golden Weather at Takapuna Beach.

A Christmas Day tradition celebrates its eighth year on Takapuna Beach.

Actor Stephen Lovatt will perform a scene from Bruce Mason's play The End of the Golden Weather before the crowds head off for Christmas lunch.

The tradition started in 2006 when playwright Roger Hall moved to Takapuna.

Mr Hall asked Mr Lovatt, who had been touring the play, if he would be willing to perform the piece.

About 120 people turned up to the first performance and it now attracts about 300. At the end of the show the audience is invited to donate to Oxfam.

The scene performed is a child's point of view of a Christmas Day on Takapuna Beach in the 1930s.

Playwright Bruce Mason first performed The End of the Golden Weather in 1959 - the start of more than 1000 performances.

The performance starts at 10am on Christmas Day in Takapuna Beach reserve and lasts about 30 minutes.

North Shore Times