Kirky a guest at shearing reunion

SOUTHLAND shearing contractor Peter Lyon of Alexandra has organised a 33-year reunion of staff next month and one of the special guests will be Gisborne former All Black Ian Kirkpatrick.

Mr Lyon, of Peter Lyon Shearing, said Kirky and Andrew Hore, of Stonehenge Station, Patearoa, had confirmed they would speak at the reunion, which would be held in mid-March. He and his wife Elsie had been in business for 33 years and employed between 400 and 500 people a year.

As this year marked a third of a century in business, they thought it would be something to celebrate. He has now hired a marquee that could accommodate about 400 people for the Saturday evening dinner.

“Ian Kirkpatrick was one of the great All Blacks and he was also a farmer,” said Mr Lyon.

“In Kirky’s day All Blacks worked during the week, largely on farms, where they did much of their training, and played rugby at the weekends.”

“That is in contrast to the present All Blacks who are professional athletes and train in gyms rather than paddocks.”

SOUTHLAND shearing contractor Peter Lyon of Alexandra has organised a 33-year reunion of staff next month and one of the special guests will be Gisborne former All Black Ian Kirkpatrick.

Mr Lyon, of Peter Lyon Shearing, said Kirky and Andrew Hore, of Stonehenge Station, Patearoa, had confirmed they would speak at the reunion, which would be held in mid-March. He and his wife Elsie had been in business for 33 years and employed between 400 and 500 people a year.

As this year marked a third of a century in business, they thought it would be something to celebrate. He has now hired a marquee that could accommodate about 400 people for the Saturday evening dinner.

“Ian Kirkpatrick was one of the great All Blacks and he was also a farmer,” said Mr Lyon.

“In Kirky’s day All Blacks worked during the week, largely on farms, where they did much of their training, and played rugby at the weekends.”

“That is in contrast to the present All Blacks who are professional athletes and train in gyms rather than paddocks.”

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