Seniors in fine voice for party
THE talent and enthusiasm of Ipswich's senior performers and audiences was obvious.
Ipswich Civic Centre was a hive of activity yesterday when more than 600 seniors turned out to free Christmas parties.
Both morning and afternoon festivities put on by Ipswich City Council included party food and drink, the Seniors' Showcase competition, lucky door prizes, Christmas carols, a visit from Santa Claus and entertainment.
Vying for prizes in the showcase talent program were 70-year-old singer Henry Hopper, and 80-year-olds Kevin Duffy and Joe Lewis.
Contest winners were 101-year-old vocalist Tom Spowart and singer Paul Goode.
North Ipswich couple Reg and Shirley Gifford were impressed with the party.
“It was lovely; we really enjoyed it,” Mrs Gifford said.
“The food was beaut.
“We don't get out together very often. We spent a couple of hours together for a change.”
Ipswich Councillor Andrew Antoniolli had the crowd laughing in the afternoon session with a couple of colourful Christmas jokes.
“Everyone was having a fairly good time,” he said.
“We had full houses for both concerts.
“Some of the best fun was the talent contest for seniors.”