Bluff Engineering and Welding celebrates 60th anniversary with The Warratahs

The Warratahs playing at Bluff Engineering's Christmas/60th Anniversary party on Friday.
ADELE MCMAHON/SUPPLIED

The Warratahs playing at Bluff Engineering's Christmas/60th Anniversary party on Friday.

It's not every day a famous Kiwi band plays your office party.

On Friday night, Bluff Engineering and Welding celebrated its 60th anniversary.

Manager Andrew Watkins said the company had Wellington country band The Warratahs come down to play in their engineering workshop.

Bluff girl Emmy Roderique, 12, opened the night with a song. She was followed by Gore country singer Jenny Mitchell, who played for an hour and a half before The Warratahs, Watkins said.

They borrowed the stage from the Bluff Oyster Festival and set it up in one end of their workshop, he said.

"It was epic."

Health and safety officer Adele McMahon said there were about 300 people at the gig, who spilled out of the workshop and onto the foreshore, she said.

The celebrations wrapped up about midnight, she said.

Also at the event, they presented one of the company's longest serving employees, Neil Sutherland, with his original apprentice documents, McMahon said.

Sutherland had been with the company since the early 1970s, she said.

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At one point he was the owner of the business but sold it and continued to work for the company.

A lot of the company's original documents had been lost in a fire in the 1990s, McMahon said.

Someone managed to save a wad of apprentice documents, although Sutherland's had some damage from the fire, McMahon said.

"He's not a guy who's normally speechless, but he was."

 - Stuff

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