February 2014. New Zealand. The Hardy reunion road show hits New Zealand when Dave and Mandy Spencer visit Tina and Max Pemberton and family. Mark and Julia are planning to visit in 2015.
The Hardy Clan gathered at Barb Lovick's house in Sidney, Vancouver Island in August 2012. This involved 1st cousins Barb and Tina meeting up for the 1st time and their 2nd cousins Mandy and Mark from England, again meeting the Canadian and New Zealand cousins for the 1st time. It was an emotional time for Tina and Max, Tina had left England in 1950 and knew very little about the family and thought that they had no relations left . Barb summoned her children and grandchildren for an alomost full turn out although I'm sure at times they struggled to find exactly who was who. The weather on the great day was splendid and the action moved between enormous helpings of lunch and dinner and out into the garden in the sunshine. In the late afternoon between dinner and pudding we showed the film prepared for the day which attempted to give something of the history of the Hardy family from it's Manchester origins in the early 19th C through to all those present.
Breakfast the next morning in Sidney, nearly everyone had stayed over in the town, Dave and Max were pleased with the vintage car show in town that morning, later we went with Max and Tina in search of old buses up country. The next slide show below was taken by Max covering the reunion day, lunch, breakfast and our trip into Victoria.