01 Feb

HIBISCUS COAST VILLAGE 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller

Last month I was at the Hibiscus Coast Village north of Auckland celebrating their 25th anniversary. They had asked me to unveil a brand new plaque to my dear friend of forty-five years, Phyllis Diller.

So you’re now thinking ‘why did they ask me? Well, twenty-five years ago I brought Phyllis out from Hollywood to open the village by cutting a ribbon and unveiling a plaque. Over the years the plaque had become – shall I say – somewhat weather-beaten? I’m sure you know that Phyllis passed away on the 20th of August last year at the age of 95. Village manager Peter Gasston asked me if I would like to unveil a new plaque, which of course I was delighted to accept in the memory of Phyllis doing the very same thing 25 years ago to the day.

 

 

 

David with Village Manager Peter Gasston

David with Village Manager Peter Gasston

I had the most marvellous day as did Somboon and VAC Secretary Glenda Law who I invited as the village is in her area. Residents of the village entertained us with a very funny sketch that they had written themselves.
Also a group of guys performed several numbers in the style of a barber shop quartet which was tremendous – not to forget a beautiful lunch they put on for us. All in all it was a great way to complete my year
of speaking engagements.

Hibuscus Coast Village

Hibuscus Coast Village

I know that Phyllis would have loved the day, especially knowing that two of her books she had
autographed for the village twenty-five years ago were still in their library and being enjoyed.

~ David Hartnell.

Published in The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Magazine Feb 2013.