Book ‘will help promote area’

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A book about Oamaru that was launched in the Victorian precinct on Thursday night will be a good way of promoting the area, Tourism Waitaki marketing manager Ian Elliott says.

More than 60 people attended the launch for Oamaru: New Zealand’s Living Victorian Town, by Paul Sorrell and Graham Warman, at Presence on Harbour on Thursday evening.

Mr Elliott said the launch was a great way to show people the quality book that promotes the precinct as well as wider Oamaru.

“I thought it was a wonderful launch.

“It was an excellent gathering for an excellent publication.”

Presence on Harbour owner Dawn Brown said she was happy with the number of people that turned up and they all seemed to enjoy the evening.

“It was very successful. We had lots of people there.

“The authors gave some speeches about the book and the area and how it came about.”

They also sold and signed quite a few books, she said.

“I’m just pleased. It seemed to go very well.”

Many of Oamaru’s identities are included in the book – Donna Demente, David Wilson, John Baster – and others. As well as covering heritage aspects of Oamaru, the book contains recipes from Annie Baxter, Bevan Smith, Pen-y-bryn Lodge and Steam.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: JOHN BASTER

GREAT EVENING: Oamaru resident David Harrowfield with the book at the launch on Thursday night.