14 Mar 2013

Ted's Bottle

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:12 pm on 14 March 2013

In the 100 years since the Waihao Forks Hotel near Waimate opened, a few stories have been told but none as compelling as the one about Ted's bottle. Ted d'Auvergne left the unopened bottle of beer when he left for the war in 1939, telling the publican he would open it when he came back. He never did - Ted died in Crete. The unopened bottle is now in a special glass case, surrounded by poppies and had pride of place during the centenary celebrations over the weekend at Waihao Forks.