BBQ legends hang up tongs

From left, Malcolm Sweetman, Irena Giles and Jimmy Ruka.

Local Pakuranga United Rugby Club BBQ experts Jimmy Ruka and Malcolm Sweetman hung up their aprons one last time on the weekend at the World Secondary Schools 7s.

Jimmy is heading up north for a well-earned retirement and Malcolm is stepping back to be able to watch a few more games on Saturdays.

“We would like to thank Jimmy and Malcolm plus all your supporters for the thousands of hours you have given up to feed thousands of people over the years at the club,” said PURC General Manager Stephen Hackett.

“The funds you have raised have helped many people during this time.”

Not all is lost though as Irena Giles has put her hand up to keep the BBQ tradition going in 2019 and is sure she may get the odd guest appearance from Jimmy and Malcolm.