Historical battle scenes will be re-enacted at the
Otago-Taieri A and P Showgrounds this weekend, but they will
be missing one characteristic war sound - gunfire.
Organisers have decided there will be no live firing at a
military show fundraiser for the Mosgiel RSA at the
showgrounds, after neighbours became concerned the noise
would spook horses in the area.
Neighbours said they became aware of the show only last week
and called a meeting with the organisers at which they called
for the show to be moved to another venue.
HQ44 South military collectors club president, Ed Davies, of
Green Island, said the club respected the concerns of the
neighbours and horse owners in the area, and as a result had
decided not to allow any live firing, of any sort, at the
Guns would still be used, but they might produce puffs of
smoke instead of loud bangs.
Unfortunately, it was simply too late for them to arrange
another venue, he said, and they felt this arrangement was
the best solution to allow the event to proceed and
accommodate the concerns of residents.
''The . . . show is an important fundraising event for the
Mosgiel RSA and their building extensions. We not only want
to pay tribute with the displays we have to those service
people, including New Zealanders, who made the ultimate
sacrifice in world wars, but we also believe this is a very
worthwhile cause. and we want it to go ahead so the community
can support the RSA.''
He said the change should not affect the show significantly
and everything, from battle, machinery and service group
displays to stalls and rides, would go ahead as planned, only
Charlotte Young said she and other residents were pleased
there would be no live firing, but felt bad for HQ44 South
and the Mosgiel RSA.
''We don't want to rain on their parade and our sympathies go
Their main concern was that the A&P society committee
took the environment surrounding the showgrounds into
consideration when hiring out the showgrounds.
She and others had been disappointed to learn many members of
the committee appeared unaware of what events were being put
on at the venue, she said.
They hoped the committee would take the neighbourhood's
concerns on board in the future.
A&P society committee member Steven Quin said the society
employed someone to deal with venue bookings and was not
always aware of what events had been booked.
In this case there had been a problem, which was now
The society would ensure this particular situation did not
It was conscious of the venue's neighbours and liked to do
what it could to support local groups' activities, especially
fundraisers, he said.