Sleepless nights for Hobbit ticklets

TOM HUNT
Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012
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GOING ALL OUT: Starbucks baristas Rachel Henderson, left, holding the dragon, and Alex Francis have been up for two nights without sleep to dress their Courtenay Place premises in readiness for The Hobbit, and in the hope of winning tickets to the premiere

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The nights and dangerous doses of caffeine for breakfast have been worth it for Rachel Henderson and Alex Francis: The pair have been making a dragon.

Ms Henderson and Ms Francis usually spend their days making coffee at Starbucks in Courtenay Place but, in anticipation of next week's The Hobbit premiere, they have decorated the cafe frontage with a themed painting and the model dragon above the door.

The pair hope to win a competition, run by Positively Wellington Tourism, for two tickets to the red carpet premiere for the best Hobbit-themed window display in Wellington.

They were disappointed to be out of Wellington for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King premiere in 2003 and are determined not to miss out on the red carpet action this time, says Ms Francis. "We grew up reading Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. We're going all out now."

Ms Henderson has tickets to fly home to England on the day of the premiere but will be paying to change her ticket if the pair win. "It will be a loss, but one hell of a gain," she says.

She was in charge of painting the shop window, and started on Wednesday at 7pm and worked through the night.

Ms Francis spent two sleepless nights making a model of Smaug, the dragon, which was installed on Wednesday morning.

And working through the nights, the pair didn't even have coffee to keep them going, as the coffee machines had been shut down. "We certainly made up for it [in the morning]," says Ms Francis.

Contact Tom Hunt
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