Occasion made great by company

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It was a double celebration for Alexandra man Norm Hanning at the weekend as he marked the opening of duck-shooting and his 75th birthday with his grandchildren.

The season, which opened on May 23, was delayed by a couple of weeks due to Covid-19, which meant there was plenty of reason for Mr Hanning to celebrate when it did finally roll round.
‘‘It was good that it happened,’’ he said.

‘‘Duck-wise [it] wasn’t anything great — probably down on other seasons, but on the whole, the day was a very, very enjoyable day. It’s not about . . . getting all the ducks,’’ he said.

Instead, the most important aspect was enjoying the company of son-in-law Albie Robertson and grandsons Kade (14) and Joel Robertson (18).
‘‘It was absolutely superb.’’

The group set themselves up at Shingle Creek where they had cool temperatures, but good weather overall.

This season marks 62 years since Mr Hanning took up the pursuit.
‘‘It’s a great day and a great sport,’’ he said.