Support mounts for display of gold guitar

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 05:00 13/11/2012
Ken Scott and Alan Ritchie
TERRI RUSSELL/Fairfax NZ

NEW HOME: Gore Country Music Club building committee chairman Ken Scott, left, and members representative Alan Ritchie want to get the iconic gold guitar out of storage and up for display.

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Emails have flooded in from past and present Gore residents to show support for the town's iconic gold guitar statue after The Southland Times published an article last week.

Former Gore resident Alanna Saunders, who lives in Australia, said that as a country music capital, Gore should be proud to show off its heritage.

"I would be proud to take my daughter and friends home to Gore to show them the guitar. It would be a tourist attraction. How is that a bad thing?"

She said the guitar was a big part of her childhood.

"I used to love travelling up the main street as a kid and looking up at the huge guitar knowing that the Gold Guitar Awards were coming, and I was so proud to have them in my little town."

Mrs Saunders said she shared the newspaper's article on Facebook, which sparked more support.

A fan said: "It's a fantastic NZ icon and great for tourism."

Another person said it was an iconic part of Gore, like the famous trout.

Karen Cook used to work in Gore and though she rarely attended the music festival she said it would be good to see the guitar back on display.

Auckland resident Simon Townsend said he often came back to his former home town with his children. The guitar was "a key part of the place".

The Gore Country Music Club has proposed resurrecting the 7.5-metre guitar outside its clubrooms. The club has applied to the Gore District Council and anyone wanting to vote for or against the proposal can put in a submission.

Gore District Council graduate planner Rosie Given said the council had not yet received any submissions or comments.

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