Book celebrates Bowl of Brooklands

Last updated 09:45 16/11/2012
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Aileen Guthrie buys a copy of the Bowl book

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A book documenting the who's who of Taranaki entertainment went on sale last night.

Many well known Taranaki faces attended the book launch of the Bowl of Brooklands: Friends of the Bowl of Brooklands at Puke Ariki last night.

A slide show featuring more than 500 images of the Bowl's history flashed on a big screen as people gathered to celebrate the occasion.

The book's co-editor, Lance Girling-Butcher, who gets around with the help of a guide dog, said it was a daunting experience creating a book he could not see.

"It's very scary I have to say, as a blind man, to produce something you can't see," Mr Girling-Butcher said.

The book was the result of more than five years work, he said.

Its creation was similar to that of the Bowl in that it was put together by volunteers.

"We think it's a fitting tribute to the people who built and maintained the Bowl."

The book's 220 glossy A4 pages feature more than 400 hundred pictures of the Bowl, he said.

"We hope it captures the quintessential essence of the Bowl."

Book producer Chris Rickards said he trawled through the best part of 3000 photos to select the final 500. "These photos we've got in here are the who's who of the entertainment world," Mr Rickards said.

The book can be bought from Benny's Books for $65 with all proceeds going to the Taranaki Hospice.

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