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Past and present . . . Hospice South Canterbury volunteers Barbara Collins (left) and Raewyn Guise display this year's hospice tea towels in front of the Hydro Grand site. PHOTO: CLAIRE ALLISON

by Claire Allison

The building may have gone, but the memories live on – this year’s Hospice South Canterbury fundraising teatowels feature the Hydro Grand.

The set of three souvenir teatowels include images of the old hotel, accompanied by suitably apt quotes and song lyrics – the quintessential line from Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi being particularly prescient.

Volunteer Raewyn Guise spent hours looking for the perfect book and song titles and quotes to accompany the images, but said she had to give credit to a commenter on a Facebook post about the demolition of the Hydro for the Big Yellow Taxireference.

“It was just after it was pulled down, and someone said, ‘The song says it all’ .. they should probably get a free teatowel for that.”

It is the fourth year the hospice has produced a set of teatowels in time for Christmas shopping, and each year there is a bit of banter over what to feature.

Volunteer Barbara Collins said the teatowels proved popular – customers were still coming in looking for the Caroline Bay set of two years ago.

“They’re not just an ordinary tea towel, they’re a collector’s item. People have framed them, used them as a tray cloth, to put on top of your scones. ”

The teatowels sell for $15 each, or $40 for the set of three at the Orbell St Hospice Shop.