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End of era for country music awards

Organisers of an iconic Marlborough music competition have pulled the plug on it after 29 years.

The Gourmet Paradise Country Music Awards have been scrapped for next year after problems forming a committee.

And it looks unlikely it will return say disheartened organisers.

Carolyn Coles-Ross says the sad decision was made following the club’s annual general meeting last week.

“We were not able to get an Awards committee together to continue.
I’m really gutted as our awards were very successful and so well supported.

The awards are held annually and were expected to take place in January at Marlborough’s ASB Theatre.

Entrants from across Marlborough and beyond made the trip each year.

Each year, the finals concert attracted an audience keen to see who would be named supreme winner following a weekend of auditions.

Carolyn thanked those who had helped make the event such a success in the past.

“Thank you to all those that have travelled and supported us over the years.

“I’d like to wish each and every one of you all the very best for the future and once again many thanks for all your support”.

Singer Laura Lowe, originally from Blenheim, performed at this year’s awards, says the competition has been a great way to support country music.

“I enjoy country music, performing and catching up with everyone from all over New Zealand.

Laura says she began performing when she was 9-year old after her nana took her along to the Blenheim Country Music Club.

“I’ve just entered competitions each year from then onwards.

“Hopefully one day the Gourmet Paradise Awards come back and will be better than ever.

“I really enjoyed them in the new theatre too, it’s a great venue,” she says.

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