Guitar statue ready to reprise glory days

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 05:00 11/12/2012

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Gore's famous gold guitar statue, which has been stuck in storage for about 10 years, could go permanently on display before next year after no objections were made to the district council.

The Gore Country Music Club submitted a land use resource consent application to the Gore District Council last month to get the 7.5-metre guitar placed permanently outside its clubrooms at the Longford Function Centre.

Public submissions to either support or oppose the resurrection of the 25-year-old statue closed last week and no submissions were received.

Gore Country Music Club members' representative Alan Ritchie said it was "fantastic" that no objections were made and he hoped the guitar would be on display by late December.

Next year was the 40th anniversary of the Gold Guitar awards and it would be great to finally have the guitar on display, he said.

"It's going to be the icing on the cake for gold guitar weekend."

It would also be great for former club members to relive their memories of the gold guitar, he said.

Gore District Council planning consultant Keith Hovell said a commissioner would make a final decision based on a report they would receive this week.

"There doesn't appear to be any impediment."

It could be known as early as next week if the gold guitar would be given the green light, he said.

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