Goldrush banners unfurled

By Brendon McMahon
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Hokitika will sport charcoal and gold at the height of celebrations to mark the town’s Goldrush 150th anniversary this summer.
The town will display 64 identical new banners with the Hokitika Goldrush 150th logo in gold relief, to be hung from street light poles along Fitzherbert, Weld, and Revell streets.
Goldrush 150 committee member Mike Keenan said the banners displayed the motif of graphic designer Tony Jing, of the Greymouth Star, who last year won the logo competition launched in conjunction with the sesquicentennial.
Mr Jing had since helped the committee to further develop the design for use on letterheads and banners.
“He was rapt to think that we’re going to use his design,” Mr Keenan said.
The banners were funded by the Westland District Council, and produced by Sign Link Graphics.
Council community development adviser Derek Blight, who facilitated the idea, said the funding came from an existing budget to replace existing summer banners around town.
Depending on wind conditions the banners would stay up during the peak period for the 150 celebrations.
“We’re aiming to put up the banners at the beginning of November and keep them up until the end of January, at least,” Mr Blight said.