Anne and Ray Watson play a New Zealand favourite.
Anne and Ray Watson play a New Zealand favourite. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Senior talent time

CURIOUS Hervey Bay RSL guests couldn’t help but wonder why the sounds of the Haka bellowed out of Hervey House on Sunday.

The front reception ladies were quick to point out that the 200-strong crowd of lively over-50s were enjoying the styling of 23 creative performances at what turned out to be a popular seniors talent quest.

The appreciative crowd laughed and clapped along with acts varying from singing and dancing to belly dancers and harmonica players.

Hervey Bay Council for the Arts president Kerrie Marshall described the event as “absolutely brilliant”; particularly with the likes of 81-year-old John Rayward’s Frank Sinatra jazz number, which took out the top prize.

“There was a huge variety of acts and it was a really hard choice for the judges,” Ms Marshall said.

“The level of talent this year was just amazing.”

Clarance Ormsby’s rendition of the Haka, which won the award for most creative talent, was a favourite with the judges and 82-year-old Harold Hartley’s bone-playing delighted the adoring audience.

Ms Marshall said an increase of 50 guests on last years number was a terrific indication of the quest’s popularity and she is hoping for the same success at the junior talent quest at Z-Pac Theatre on September 11.

“Dancers, singers or anyone with any talents between the age of 8 and 18 are invited to come along.”

The seniors talent quest was held as part of the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Seniors Week celebrations for over-50s.



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