Giant guitar takes a ride through town

02:48, Jan 30 2013
Alan Ritchie
ONE STRUM CLOSER: Gore Country Music Club members representative Alan Ritchie and club building committee chairman Ken Scott moved the famous Gold Guitar out of storage yesterday.

Gore residents waved and tooted their car horns in approval yesterday as the town's famous 7.5-metre-tall Gold Guitar statue was transported to its new home after spending more than 12 years in storage.

The 25-year-old statue, which used to be on display for two weeks leading up to the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards, was put in storage after the upgrade of the main street in 1999.

An application to permanently display the guitar at the Gore Country Music Club clubrooms was given the green light by the council last month.

Committee members Alan Ritchie and Ken Scott transported the statue from storage at the Gore Showgrounds to the Longford Function Centre on a custom-built trailer.

It took almost half an hour to tow the statue from one side of town to the other, a trip that would usually take five minutes. Despite traffic being held up, drivers tooted their car horns in awe of the large statue that symbolises Gore as New Zealand's country music capital.

Fellow committee member Margaret Scott said it was a dream come true to finally see the guitar out of storage. "This is our home of country music and we just wanted somewhere to put it."

The guitar is expected to be mounted on the stand next week, and will be on display for this year's 40th anniversary of the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards. 


The Southland Times