Ian Robertson, known as “Robbie”, celebrated his 100th birthday on June 10 at Strathallan Arvida Retirement and Care in Gleniti with daughter and son-in-law Denise and Kim Griffith and friends.
Mr Robertson’s younger daughter, Christine, tuned in for the occasion from the Gold Coast via Skype.
Noel Burns was guest speaker, and sang some of Mr Robertson’s favourite tunes, accompanying himself on guitar.
The pair have known each other for more than 40 years through their involvement in Timaru’s music industry.
Mr Burns shared many memories of Mr Robertson’s time playing the drums with Jack Denley and in the Ian Owens Trio.