By Alan Gray
The old landmark Pride of the Bay, a feature placed on the roundabout in Blockhouse Bay by the Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield Lions, was showing the signs of weathering many a storm and the ravages of time. So, a replacement was sought and Ton, one of our Lions with sailing connections managed to obtain an old plastic but durable dinghy donated by the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland.
Suitably restored by Ton with new paint and graphics and signs from Gray’s Print, the new Pride is dedicated to the memory of the late Kevin Cooney, a former Lion and Treasurer, with 57 years of community service in Waitakere, Henderson, Mt Roskill, Northcote and back home to Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield, a club he helped start as Charter Chairman with Mt Roskill.
Friends of his daughter Jennifer in Hawaii, who were impressed by his care for humanity and long service, donated an amount to commemorate his memory. This was used towards the expenses of restoration.
The video link below records the fun hour or so spent in clearing the old dinghy and installing the new Pride of the Bay by President Janelle, Secretary Alan, and Lion Ton.