The founders of Oamaru Heritage Radio will be moving on to greener pastures next month.
Charlie and Eunice Fraser, who also run the Perky Parrots store which is owned by their daughter and Woolez on Tees St, have decided to move to Southland to help their daughter and partner run a complex they just purchased.
The Frasers will be moving in mid-September to The Lignite Pit, a large garden facility with a camping ground, restaurant, gift shop and wedding venue, which is east of Invercargill.
Mr Fraser said he would still remain chairman of the Oamaru Heritage Radio Trust and it would still be run by the trust in Oamaru.
Mrs Fraser will continue to run two of her programmes on the radio station from The Lignite Pit.
Mrs Fraser, who has lived in North Otago all her life, said they would be helping their daughter run the “beautiful” place.
“It’s a change of scene.
“It will be a fabulous place to retire.”
However, they will be coming back to visit quite a bit and they still have a son in Oamaru.
“We’ll be travelling up and down quite a bit over the next couple of months,” Mr Fraser said.
They hope Whitestone City Music, which is run from their Tees St store, will continue, however they will need someone to run it from Oamaru.
Perky Parrots will also close, but most of the same items will be available at other stores in Oamaru and also from www.perkyparrots.co.nz.
Many of the items in Woolez will be sold or taken down to the gift shop at The Lignite Pit.
No. 8 Tees St officially closes for business on Friday, August 29.
By RUBY HARFIELD
PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD
MOVING ON: Oamaru Heritage Radio founders Charlie and Eunice Fraser will be leaving Oamaru next month.