Drugs, nude golf part of valley life

The first orders have been placed for a book showcasing a year's life in the Wairau Valley.

Its 116 images were taken by 24 photographers at different times and locations around the valley during 2011 to mark the 150th anniversaries of several valley services.

The pictures were exhibited in April at the Wairau Valley Hall, then shown again last month at the Gillan Art Salon in Blenheim.

Co-ordinator Angela Woolf said residents were invited to submit images depicting valley life as they experienced it. Those submitted ranged from a drug bust to neighbours helping each other on harvest days, snow scenes to nude golf.

Wairau Valley resident David Creswell had described the exhibition as successfully capturing the essence of life in the valley, Woolf says.

One of the exhibits was a picture of Mr Cresswell and his wife, Margaret, taken after he won the Valentines raffle for her at the 2011 Valentines Market Day.

"It's like a living history that people might be able to look at and see what life was like in the valley in 2011," Woolf says.

For all inquiries email angelawoolf@xtra.co.nz

The Marlborough Express