Spotlight falls on community stalwart

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A touch of royalty has capped off a big year for 2016 Senior Blossom Queen Liz Duggan.

The community stalwart had always said she would only enter the Alexandra Blossom Festival event once she turned 80, and she celebrated her 80th last month.

She entered the event representing the Central Otago Travel Club and said she was overwhelmed to then be voted Senior Blossom Queen on Monday.

Mrs Duggan, of Alexandra, has been involved with almost too many community groups and causes to mention. They include long associations with the Alexandra Council of Social Services, Ranui Resthome and Hospital and the Alexandra Blossom Festival. She is also a lay minister of the Anglican Church, and a former Central Lakes Trust trustee.

She said it had been a pleasure and privilege to enter the event with such a “great group of women”.

The runner-up to the queen was Maureen Davies, also of Alexandra, who represented Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful (KACB). She has also been involved with numerous groups, including long involvements with KACB, and hockey, pony and bridge clubs. She also jointly set up U3A (University for the Third Age) in Alexandra, and established the hostel at Dunstan High School.

One of the judges for the event, Sue Roy, said the seven women who had entered the senior queen event were a “beautiful group of women that we’re proud to have in our community”.

All the women had made significant contributions through their volunteering work. They were often modest and did not seek any attention for their work, but it was nice to give them “a little bit of spotlight” through this event, Mrs Roy said.

(Incorrect information was provided about the group Senior Blossom Queen entrant Linda Stephen represented in the event. She represented Alexandra-Clyde Neighbourhood Support.)