Spectrum 568. Gunsmoke at high noon.
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Alwyn Owen visits Auckland's Western Districts Fast Draw Club whose members recreate the world of the old American west.
Owen describes an excerpt of the Western train experience running through the Waitemata countryside. Dressed as cowboys, his guides, Club President (or Marshall), John Budall and Mike Wayatt talk about the club’s facilities and activities, reasons why people are drawn to the Western fantasy scene, outfits, shows, competitions,
Owen interviews a couple of fire arms enthusiasts who describe their range of western gun replicas and historically contextualise their original use. Mike Wyatt shares his knowledge of the professional gun fighters of the old west. Owen relays the club room scene as members discuss an upcoming shoot-out performance at Footrot Flats Amusement Park scheduled at the weekend.
Owen describes the Amusement Park which he says has the feeling of being on a western film set.
Club member Rosemary explains how she first got involved and what her family think of her involvement. Another unidentified female club member, who acts as a saloon girl, explains why she enjoys participating in the shows.
Wyatt says the performance today is based on the shoot-out from the movie, The O.K Corral. Another member talks through gun preparations, Owen witnesses a rehearsal of the shoot-out and a gun safety demonstration.
Reference number 1507
Media type AUDIO
Collection Sound Collection
Documentary radio programs
Nonfiction radio programs
Owen, Alwyn (b.1926), Interviewer
Radio New Zealand. National Programme (estab. 1964, closed 1986), Broadcaster
Date 09 Apr 1987