City couple receive special engagement gift

EVAN HARDING
Last updated 05:00 08/11/2012
Karl Herman and Katie Hewitt
NICOLE GOURLEY/Fairfax NZ

PERSONAL: Karl Herman and Katie Hewitt with the photo sent by Herman's Hermits congratulating them on their engagement.

Herman's Hermits video message

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An Invercargill rock-and-roll fan who grew up listening to English band Herman and the Hermits has received a special engagement present from the band members thanks to a chance meeting on a trans-Tasman flight.

Invercargill Rock and Roll Club president Karl Herman - yes, Herman - said he grew up listening to their music.

So when the band, now called Herman's Hermits, visited Invercargill last year to play at the Civic Theatre, Mr Herman and his partner Katie Hewitt were in the audience. They cheekily asked band members if they could tag along for a drink after the show and their offer was accepted, with a few drinks had at the Ascot Park Hotel.

More than a year later, the band members were travelling on a trans-Tasman flight back to New Zealand when they started chatting to an Invercargill woman called Cheryl Cross.

They asked Ms Cross if they happened to know Mr Herman and Ms Hewitt from Invercargill.

She told them she was good friends of the couple, so the band members had a photo of themselves taken congratulating the couple on their engagement. The band also put together a short video clip for the happy Invercargill couple in which they apologised for not having sent them a music DVD they had promised.

Mr Herman said he had always been a fan of the band, which was particularly well known in the 1960s. Although unsure of the band's schedule, he said he would be asking them to play at his Invercargill wedding in February 2014.

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