Warwick identity heads to England
WHEN Rita Ridyard boards a Boeing 747 bound for England, she will wave goodbye to her home of 16 years and the life she has made in Warwick.
At the end of August, the well-known local identity will head back to her country of origin to join her sons and their families.
Mrs Ridyard ran a Warwick bed and breakfast, Golden Rain, for 11 years with her late husband Malcolm.
She said she would be sad to leave, but was determined to come back and visit soon.
"I think if you tell yourself you're going to be coming back in 18 months or two years or so, it makes it that little bit easier to go," Mrs Ridyard said.
Friends and family came together at the weekend to farewell a woman who had become very involved in the community.
"It is exciting, but I will miss Warwick," Mrs Ridyard said.
"Everybody is so friendly here and the whole area is just so beautiful, and I've made so many great friends."
She said she had been busy organising the move and had not had time to get upset about leaving just yet.
"I haven't even had time to think about it, I have been so busy," Mrs Ridyard said.
"I went into Bryson's Place to buy some flowers and was talking to Lynn Bryson about it and I was almost in tears."
Mrs Ridyard's sister Nadine Horneman said she was sad to see her sister head back to England, but wished her all the best.
"We have had some great fun and have done lots of things together," Mrs Horneman said.
"I will miss the company. We share a lot of interests and she'd always come out to our property."
Mrs Ridyard said she was most excited about spending time with her two sons, daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.