Oyster-lover present in spirit

Good spirits for oyster festival

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 05:00 26/05/2012
Oyster Festival
NICOLE GOURLEY/ Fairfax NZ

Champion oyster opener Keith Lovett is set to maintain the pride of the south at today's oyster festival.

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A dream will come true for a Masterton woman and her husband when she savours the Bluff Oyster Festival today.

Shelley Bruce's husband, Dave, will not be there in person, but in spirit, she said.

Mr Bruce had a dream to get a feed of Bluff oysters in Bluff. But he died before the experience could be ticked off his bucket list.

When he fell ill and was unable to work, Mrs Bruce decided to sell a motorbike her husband had given her for Christmas.

The motorbike had come with the message "Follow your dreams."

The sale would have given the Bruces $8000 to check off a few items.

Mr Bruce died before the sale and to increase the anguish, when the motorbike did sell through a dealer, the dealer went into liquidation and the money was lost.

However, Mrs Bruce's and her husband's dream has become a reality with the efforts of an Invercargill family and Southland businesses and organisations.

David Simpson and his wife Kristine heard of Mrs Bruce's plight and organised a flight and accommodation to fulfil the wish of travelling to the festival for that feed of Bluff Oysters.

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