Countryside and celebrities

2016-09-15 06:00

THIS weekend sees the hosting of the annual Ingeli Country Show at the Harding Country Club, which is always an enjoyable occasion that gives visitors the opportunity to have lots of entertainment and things to do with the hospitable farming and timber folk of the area.

Many people who have taken the scenic drive out to our picturesque hinterland usually come back with bargain buys of country produce and craft - KZN does not have many country shows anymore so why not head to the hills of Harding to enjoy the weekend.

Years ago I was involved in the sport/personality management business and when getting to know our celebrity clients, it became apparent that when they were not in the sporting limelight their best form of relaxation would be to go to places where they would not be hounded for photos, autographs and long-winded discussions with knowing enthusiasts. They just wanted to chill and enjoy their leisure pastimes.

It is for this reason that so many famous people visit or have holiday homes on this lovely stretch of coastline. I am told that internationally recognised musicians like Jack Johnson and the group Metallica have been surfing the waves up and down the coast and Roger Taylor of Queen fame visits family here.

When film stars are doing shoots or if royalty comes to town, yes, Princes William and Harry have been social near Port Edward, quite simply the unpretentious people of paradise leave them be and if anything just offer a quick “enjoy the stay”.

In many instances we don’t know that they have come and gone. That’s how low key we are when having the famous among us.

Artists, authors (think the Ramsgate Literary Fest on 24 September) stage personalities, tycoons and sports stars (Jonty Rhodes loves a good surf here) come and go and come back again thanks to them being able to just be for a short while be without the burden of uninvited attention.

I have a suspicion that if the Kardashians for some obscure reason came here they may be a bit disappointed because many would not pay them much attention and we know how much they magnetise to the media and the media to them.

Some of the seriously special have contracts drawn up with the establishments where they stay to ensure their visit remains private with a capital “P”. No need to have such things done down here - South Coasters respect one’s own space anyway.

If our neck of the woods can have the well known (and us normal beings) leave here rested and impressed then hats off to our destination. When Barack Obama is jobless from November maybe we should invite him around for some golf. He would love it.

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