Twizel celebrating two special birthdays

18:27, Mar 03 2014

Twizel is celebrating two important birthdays this year, one commemorating the day it first came into being and the other the day it officially became a town.

The Twizel Promotion and Development Association (TPDA) is looking for people who have any connection with the town to join in and celebrate the two anniversaries, the 45th and 30th respectively, with a weekend of festivities over Queen's Birthday Weekend, from May 31 to June 2.

The building of Twizel began in 1969, to service the construction of the Upper Waitaki Hydro-Electric Scheme. Twizel was destined to be a temporary town which would be entirely demolished at the end of the project.

The locals, however, campaigned long and hard to keep the town they had grown to love and on June 1, 1984 Twizel was officially recognised as a town, falling under what is now the Mackenzie District Council.

TPDA secretary Mandy Spearing said Twizel was a unique community in the Mackenzie Country with a wide variety of events planned to celebrate it, including art and craft exhibitions, helicopter and biplane flights, sporting events, visits to power stations and a celebratory dinner.

"TPDA invites anyone who has a connection with the town; workers from the Ministry of Works days, families who grew up there, those who bought houses as holiday homes, those who have visited the town and those who travel there now to enjoy the lakes, fishing, cycling, the night sky, the connection to Lord of the Rings or just to enjoy the scenery.

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The Timaru Herald