Wairarapa News : June 29th 2011
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Mr McGill, a former runner-up in the grand finals, says Copthorne Solway Park is already booked out, with a number of other accommo- dation providers also filling up fast. It's going to be a huge week for Masterton,'' McGill says. The flagship for the Young Farmers organisation, the competition is held in high esteem among the rural com- munity and each year is con- tested across 22 districts. The last time Masterton hosted the grand finals was in 1987. Mr McGill says the event is a terrific opportunity for Masterton to showcase the region to the rest of the country and as hosts they have organised a programme aimed at doing precisely that. The competition itself gets under way tonight with an official opening at the Town Hall. Thursday's Technical Day'' (closed to the public) is held at the historic Brancepeth Station. The Practical Day'' on Friday is held at Solway Showgrounds and includes NZYF, TeenAg and AgriKids competitions. The competition moves indoors on Saturday with the final event, the evening show, which will be televised live on Channel 6. Mr McGill says tickets are just about sold out for the Thursday and Friday dinners -- among the guest speakers are Sir Brian Lochore (Thursday) and Shane Bond (Friday). However, people still interested in attending the Saturday evening show as well as the grand final cel- ebration ball later that even- ing could still be in luck. The best place to buy tickets for these events is from the National Bank in Masterton or by phone on 0800 YF CON- TEST. The Practical Day at the Solway Showgrounds on Friday promises to be a real spectacle and Mr McGill is encouraging people to attend. It's a real eye-opener and quite interesting, with con- testants doing a range of practical tasks.'' The AgriKids and TeenAg competitions are also a great spectacle'' for viewers, and will run in front of the main grandstand. Last week Wairarapa News published an official grand finals programme. View the 24 page special edition by going to ccnonline.co.nz to register free for the online edition. Citation after 60 years At long last: Masterton Korean War veteran Ivan Allsworth was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for his efforts 60 years ago. By PIERS FULLER A Masterton Korean War veteran has finally received recognition of his service 60 years ago. Ivan Allsworth was at Linton Army Camp in Manawatu last month to receive his Presidential Unit Citation from the Republic of Korea minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs. Mr Allsworth says he is honoured to get the citation and he still has a close relationship with the country he helped to defend. I'm very proud to get that. It was a long time coming and a lot of water's gone under the bridge,'' he says. He joined the airforce in the last months of World War II and when the Korean War erupted a few years later and New Zealand volunteered forces, Mr Allsworth joined the first intake and was assigned to 16 Field Regiment of the Royal New Zealand Artillery. He remembers 16 Field as a compact unit which was well- trained and very effective. At the Battle of Kapyong, New Zealand's courageous gunners were vastly outnumbered as they held back the advancing communists dur- ing a crucial battle that became a turning point in the war. The 16 Field gunners fired more than 10,000 rounds at the advancing forces dur- ing the battle, despite coming under heavy fire themselves. Mr Allsworth says his memories of those events have faded and he doesn't like to dwell on the details. It was so long ago -- away in the dim past,'' he says. He lost three friends from his gun- nery battery while serving there. War's war, and that was a very ugly one,'' he says. Over the years he has been involved with the Korean New Zealand Association and has been back to the divided country since the war. His time is running out for another opportunity to head back to South Korea and he is considering one last visit with his daughter before 2013. He says the South Koreans that he meets are always so appreciative of the efforts that the foreigners made to defend against the communists all those years ago. They've been out of this world -- they're so good about thanking you.'' The citation was initially pres- ented by the Koreans in November 1951 but Commonwealth protocol at the time meant New Zealand soldiers did not formally accept the awards.
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