Hollies revel in Dunedin sun

The Hollies (from left) Ian Parker (keyboard), Bobby Elliott (drums), Ray Stiles (bass and vocals...
The Hollies (from left) Ian Parker (keyboard), Bobby Elliott (drums), Ray Stiles (bass and vocals), Peter Howarth (guitar and vocals) and Steve Lauri (guitar and vocals), in the Octagon yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.

Coming from 30cm of snow in the north of England to the warmer climes of Dunedin has left the Hollies searching for breweries to quench their thirst.

Wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, drummer and original band member Bobby Elliott seemed to be in his element, but admitted he was not used to the heat.

And being a hard-working drummer meant it was easy to work up a thirst, so he and his band-mates would be out in search of something to drink while they are here.

''This weather is a joy. We love this place.

''When we're off duty, we want to find some nice breweries.''

He said the band had not yet had time to explore the city, but hoped there would be time to have a look around.

For keyboard player Ian Parker, the Robbie Burns statue in the Octagon was as good a landmark to visit as any, because he, like Burns, was from Ayrshire in Scotland, and his parents' house was filled with Burns paraphernalia.

The band said they were looking forward to taking the stage at Forsyth Barr Stadium tonight following the Ride the Rhythm equestrian spectacle.

Promoter Andrew Hansen, of Event-Pro, said more than 6000 tickets had been sold yesterday and there were still plenty available.

- john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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