Flag battle in Franklin….

The flag debate has made headlines in Franklin!

One of our local papers has this story to tell………..

Franklin RSA flag story Dec 2015

Entertainment in Franklin

 Franklin , is a place where we have such a lot of entertainment of all sorts to suit many different tastes

Our own local entertainer, Dennis Marsh and his lovely wife, Yvonne, have a number of friends in the entertainment business. With these connections, Dennis and the team at Tuakau’s La Valla Estate, are able to bring shows to the district on a more personal level.

Larry Morris Band 2The latest show – Larry Morris and the LMB band, was a great evenings entertainment, with songs from the distant past as well as some more up to date numbers.
I don’t know how many will remember Larry’s Rebels or their songs, but in their day,
they were

Universally accepted as a NZ Rock Legend, introduced by former Prime Minister Helen Clark as a true Kiwi Music Icon, Larry’s 45 year singing career has helped shape Kiwi music.

In October 2008 Larry recieved the Variety Artists Club Lifetime Achievement Award, the Scroll of Honour, a prestigious award bestowed on him by his peers.

Larry began singing professionally as a teenager (17) topping the charts with Larry’s Rebels. The band had more consecutive hit records (11) than any other act of that era, before Larry departed. Top Ten hits – This Empty Place, Long Ago Far Away, I Feel Good, Everybody’s Girl, Do What You Gotta Do, It’s Not True, Painter Man, Moreen, & Let’s Think Of Something – became part of Aoteroa’s music landscape.

Shotgun were another great New Zealand band that Larry put together in 1978. Two hit singles were produced, A Taste Of The Devil & Rain (a remake of the Uriah Heep song written by bass player Gary Thain.) Unfortunately Shotgun never recorded a full album although individual songs were recorded at Mascot Studios in Charlotte Street, Mt.Eden.

In 1981 Larry formed his first Larry Morris Band and became resident at Auckland’s Foundry Night Club packing the place for almost two years. Larry continues today with the powerful LMB.

He’s toured Australia the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe, wowing crowds in many famous venues.

Larry has toured and supported some of the all-time greats of music and song:

Roy Orbison
David Bowie
Tom Jones
Jimmy Page
The Who
Chuck Berry
Bo Diddley
Fleetwood Mac
The Yardbirds
Max Merrit & The Meteors
Herman’s Hermits
The Small Faces
Olivia Newton-John
John Farnham
Glenn Shorrock
The Walker Brothers
Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick & Titch
The Easybeats
Renee Geyer
Manfred Mann
Billy Thorpe
Brian Cadd
among others;

Locally, Larry has performed with Tommy Adderley, Gray Bartlett, Chris Fox, Mike Walker, Wiremu Karatiana, Frank Gibson Jnr, Les Still, Roger Sellers, Brian Smith, Martin Winch, Carl Doy, Merv Thomas, Bernie Allen, Wayne Senior, Murray Tanner, NZSO, Auckland Phillharmonic, Dalvanius Prime, Lou Pryme, Max Cryer, Dave Dobbyn, Tommy Ferguson, The Brew, Alan Wade, Jim Ford, The Dallas Four, Dody Potter, John Kristian, The NZ Party Boys, Rob Paterson, Richard Anaru, Ernie Semu, Mickey Ututaonga, Marc Hunter, Mark Williams, Suzanne Lynch, Annie Crummer, Steve Gilpin, Johnny Devlin, Howard Morrison, Ray Columbus, Shane, John Rowles, Margaret Urlich, Tom Sharplin, Ritchie Pickett, Steve Larkins, DerynTrainer, Dan Morley, Leyton Greening, Michael Tan, Gordon Joll, Ian Jeffries, Paul Voight, Jimmy Hill, Chet O’Connell, Brendon Ham, Joseph Anderson, Inga Cossey, Taisha, Tina Cross, Craig Scott, Bunny Walters, Gabriel Karcagi, Marina Danilova, Robyn Alexander, Edwina Thorne, Tuhi Timoti, Tich Walsh, Bruce & Dean Kerr, Rusty Greaves, Bruce Greaves, Kevin Greaves,
The Waltons, Brian Hatcher, Pete MacGregor, Rufus Rehu, Johnny Watson and many more.

Merry Christmas

Wishing one and all a very merry, happy and safe Christmas that brings all the best that you could wish for.

More Franklin happenings

Has anyone looked at You Tube lately?
tui adIf you have then you will have possibly seen and heard about one of Franklin’s local and his prank. Our Waiuku builder, Sean, and his brother are great pranksters, but Sean’s prank has gone world-wide with the idea to plumb out his brother’s house with beer! Once Sean had managed to get his brother away for the weekend, with the help of some of Sean’s mates and Tui Beer, they set about connecting the beer kegs to all of the taps in the house!
Our local paper has the story, so if you are into pranks, then this is worth a read.

hair for CanTeenAnother local lad, Drew Marris, of Waiuku was seen on TV1’s Seven Sharp, last week. He had long curly locks and decided to drastically reduce the crop by having his head shaved for CanTeen. We have some wonderful people in our communities who are willing to go to all sorts of lengths to help others. Drew apparently manged to raise over $2000.00 for CanTeen and the 1st XV rugby boys then managed to join in with having their legs waxed for a gold coin donation. The total raised as of Monday 23rd was over $3000.00. What an awesome outcome for a worthy cause.

Awesome Pukekohe produces more stars!!

Pukekohe logoWow!! Li’l old Pukekohe has more claims to fame with young locals appearing in the new seasons “Go Girls” telly programme.

The show is back on tv for it’s fifth season and anyone who is a fan will be able to see, or anyone who just wants to see what our local talent has to offer, JJ Fong and Robert Hartley.

JJ, who is from Pukekohe and went to Strathallan College, says that she got into acting a few years ago, but has attended a musical theatre school in Wellington doing dancing and singing before coming into acting. When she and fellow local, Robert, were cast as lovers in Go Girls, they discovered that they both came from Pukekohe – small world!

Robert followed his parents to Franklin from  Yorkshire in England, at age 18, and says that he has been acting for as long as he can remember. He has had to try and brush up on his Irish accent for the role, as he says that it was sounding more Scottish than Irish originally and has been able to practice the accent on the customers at Cinema 3 in Pukekohe were he works part time.

Both JJ and Robert say that, although they are now based in Auckland, Pukekohe will always be “home”. JJ is  “a country girl at heart” and Roberts says that it has ” a real, nice community feel”.

It is fantastic what can be achieved when you are passionate about something!!

Check  out the article  in the Franklin County news

So all of you fans, old and new, look out for our local talent – Go Girls screens on TV 2 at 8:30p.m Tuesday nights.

See Deb Webber in Franklin soon……….

ghostsghostsFor all of you fans of the TV show “Sensing Murder”, you’ll be able to see Deb Webber from this show, here in Pukekohe in July.
Should be an awesome show and you will be able to buy the tickets online here
Deb will be in Pukekohe at the Cossie Club on Nelson Street, on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of July, from 7:00 p.m until 10:00 p.m
Watch this space and franklincountry.com for more info……..