Alan, centre with his family, from left grandchildren Reuben and Amalia, daughter Christina, wife June and son Greg. Alan Sayers with his great friend, the late Sir Fred Allen. Alan wears the medals he earned during his World War II service.
A plaque on the wooden picnic table that was put in place on the Arkles Bay foreshore last week in honour of local identity Alan Sayers has the words ‘Carpe Diem’ (seize the day) inscribed on it.
This week Alan will celebrate 100 years of living by that motto, seizing each and every day by the throat and giving it a good shake.
December 6 is Alan’s 100th birthday; he will spend it in typically modest fashion, sharing it quietly with his family.
Alan is one of Arkles Bay’s most passionate advocates. He has had a beach house there since 1967 and retired to the bay to live around 30 years ago, building a home where the bach had stood. He heads the Arkles Bay Community Committee, and was instrumental in providing evidence of the harm caused by set netting and voicing the community’ opposition to the practice in the bay.
His first book Fred the Needle, a biography of his close friend, All Black coach Sir Fred Allen, was a best seller and he published his next book, Deadline, last year – an autobiography that includes tales from his life as a journalist, competitive athlete and sailor, veteran of World War II and family man.
Once that was published, he began working on his next book, which details his philosophy on sports training.
Alan’s curiosity, energy, drive and enthusiasm are legendary and he is only slowing down slightly with the years. He visits Hibiscus Matters’ offices when he can for a chat. Last month he renewed his driving licence and continues to do the family shopping as well as keeping a close eye on things in Arkles Bay.
Sayers family tableThe plaque on the memorial table at Arkles Bay, donated by the Sayers family, reads ‘Commemorating the 100th birthday of Alan John Sayers, Arkles Bay identity and community supporter – Carpe diem.’