More than 200 people braved wet weather to celebrate with the queen of Riverstone at the launch of her new book at Fenwick School Hall on Monday night.
Local icon Dot Smith, with the help of Oamaru author Nathalie Brown wrote the book about her life, Dot: Queen of Riverstone Castle.
Dot said she thought it went well considering the weather and she surprised the crowd by turning up in a pink wheelbarrow.
“Well it was pouring with rain all night long and I never expected anybody to turn up,” she said.
She spoke to the audience about the book and introduced her family who all featured in it, she said.
It was quite amazing and strange to be on the front cover of a book, Dot said.
“It seems quite strange to have your face on the front covers.”
The event was organised with the help of the North Otago Lions Club and all proceeds from ticket sales and raffles on the night would be going to community organisations.
Project covenor and North Otago Lions Club member Raeowna Rush said the event was brilliant and although she had not seen the exact figures they raised about $3,000 for the community.
“It was excellent, Dot spoke extremely well, she is a very good speaker and very relaxed.”
The audience, which was predominantly women, really took part in the event, Mrs Rush said.
“It was just a very relaxed enjoyable evening.”
Random House publicist Jennifer Balle, who helped organise the book, said the evening was not without drama because of the weather but that was just like Dot to have a bit of drama.
“It was absolutely wonderful, such a celebration of a big life.”
“The book really shows what a hard working couple they are and how connected they are to Oamaru.”
Dot’s book was launched in Ashburton last night and would be launched in Timaru this evening.
By RUBY HARFIELD