Fly us up a Stairway to Heaven

01:34, Oct 11 2012
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STAIRWAY TO LONDON: New Plymouth’s Trent and Rhys Harvey are on their way to London after winning a competition to attend the film premiere of Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day.

Two New Plymouth brothers and big time Led Zeppelin fans are London-bound after winning a trip to see their rock idols in the flesh.

Rhys Harvey was casually putting out his rubbish bin when his mobile phone rang on Tuesday morning.

The phone call was from a radio station telling him he had won the only two tickets in New Zealand to the London premiere of Celebration Day, a movie documenting Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show.

The three living members of the band will all be at the premiere, being held at The Apollo on Friday night (local time).

Rhys, who works for Shell Todd Oil Services, entered the all expenses paid competition a couple of weeks ago when he pre-ordered a copy of the film.

By doing so, he went in the draw to win the ultimate prize.

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"I was quietly confident I had a good chance because Kiwis are pretty stingy and in order to enter you had to put money down, so I didn't think a lot of people would," he said.

Rhys says he and his brother are huge Zeppelin fans and consider them musical legends.

"I wanted to take someone with me who would really appreciate it and Trent loves rock music and he also hasn't been to the northern hemisphere so it was an easy decision."

The boys flew from New Plymouth airport yesterday afternoon and have a direct flight to London, where they are being put up in a hotel in Hammersmith.

It was a case of last-minute leave applications to their respective bosses but Rhys and Trent, who is an accountant, said it was an easy sell.

"I bribed the boss with a bottle of duty free and he was sold," Rhys said.

Taranaki Daily News