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The old team from Barry Blackie Motors has reunited.

About 35 former staff and their partners gathered for a reunion recently hosted at the Alexandra District Club, including their respected service manager Warwick Blackman.

Bruce Johnston, who helped organise the reunion alongside Joan Mackley, said Mr Blackman was a drawcard.

He’s turning 89 this year so we decided he deserved [a reunion]. He was such a great boss.

Mr Blackman was the service manager for 28 years and has now spent a further 28 in retirement, Mr Johnston said.

People travelled the length of the country to attend the event, including from Auckland, Invercargill, Nelson and Darfield.

It was an absolutely great night, full of lots of memories and lots of stories, Mr Johnston said.

The company started out as City Motors in about 1962, before becoming Barry Blackie Motors in 1983. In 1990 it changed to Pioneer Central and in 1992 it became Hill Automotive, which is still in operation today.

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