Music stalwarts take a bow

19:23, Nov 07 2012
MANY YEARS OF WORK: Shirley May is recognised.

Shirley May, main organiser of the Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival and Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival, has received a prestigious award from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand at the Benny Awards in Auckland.

Her Scroll of Honour was awarded for her outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry.

Shirley has puts in countless hours of work to organise the festival, a calendar event for the Bay of Islands.

Fellow Northlander Ray Woolf received a certificate of achievement on the same evening.

Another Bay of Islands identity, Maureen Yorke, received a separate music award earlier this year.

The Haruru Falls great-grandmother was honoured in Europe for helping to preserve the music of old Bohemia.

Maureen is well known as a hobby archaeologist, historian and, as a musician.

She has a special talent for playing the accordion.

Her Egerlander award is for "decades of authentication and continuance of music for future generations".


Bay Chronicle