Lions Legacy Project Unveiled in Blenheim CBD

Lions Legacy Project Unveiled in Blenheim CBD

A much loved feature of Blenheim’s CBD has been returned with a few improvements.

Harcourts Marlborough sales consultant Ross Ayson headed a project to install a new town clock with the Blenheim and Beavertown Lions Clubs.

The project marks 100 years of Lions Clubs in New Zealand and worldwide, and replaces the clock on Market Street’s More FM building, which stopped in 2014 after 35 years in operation.

It was officially unveiled on Thursday by Ross and Marlborough Mayor John Leggett, along with a plaque donated by Geoffrey T Sowman.

“It’s been two years in the making just to get it completed and I think the public will really enjoy having the time and temperature back” Ross says.

“And especially for community organisations; they can promote their galas or whatever they want to organise on the screen.”

Unlike its predecessor, which alternated between displaying the time and temperature, the new clock displays the time, temperature and community advertisements simultaneously.

Ross has worked at Harcourts Marlborough for nearly 15 years, and like many Marlburians always found it interesting to check the temperature as he bypassed the previous clock.

Along with reinstating it, adding the advertising aspect allowed the Lions Clubs to promote regional events and provide a platform for ongoing support of community organisations.

“I had this thought, ‘why don’t we get a big screen and promote Marlborough’, there are a lot of events on, things like the Lions Book Sale, Daffodil Day … anything that is coming to Marlborough, like a cruise ship, or Garden Marlborough, they can be promoted,” Ross says.

Funding from any advertising on the screen will be kept for its ongoing maintenance, with the intention to donate any surplus funds to community initiatives.

The legacy project came in at a cost of just under $70,000 with $20,000 and $15,000 donated by the Blenheim and Beavertown Lions Clubs respectively, and the remainder from a number of local businesses and organisations.

They include: Lloyd Morgan Trust, Charles and Linda Kelly, Marlborough Lines, Harcourts Marlborough, Geoffrey T Sowman, Mike Greer Homes, Marlborough District Council, SBS Bank Jacks Tyres and Performance.

A number of organisations also contributed through the donation of their services, including MediaWorks, Cuddon Engineering, Simcox Construction, Brendon Price Computers, Gear Up Marlborough, Seng Engineering, Callahan and Martella Electrical, Lundon Law, Williams Hoist and Haul Limited and Classic Gates Engineering.

The screen was purchased and installed by Auckland’s Ice AV Technology.

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