Qld Premier Anna Bligh and Member for Toowoomba North Kerry Shine on arrival for the Concert

Qld Premier In Highfields For Christmas Concert

Premier Anna Bligh brought some Christmas cheer to seniors in the Toowoomba/Highfields area with  the annual Premier’s Seniors Christmas Concert at the Highfields Cultural Centre today (Tuesday 7th December).

Qld Premier Anna Bligh and Member for Toowoomba North Kerry Shine on arrival for the Concert.

Premier Bligh said she was excited to be hosting the free concert and was looking forward to helping seniors in the Toowoomba region celebrate the festive season.

“Seniors have made significant contributions to their communities and continue to make them,” Ms Bligh said. “I am thrilled to be here celebrating the spirit of Christmas with the seniors of the Toowoomba area and look forward to enjoying a sing-along to our favourite carols.”

Representing Tomnet Toowoomba at the Premier's Seniors Christmas Concert in Highfields were Dorothy and Bill Woodside (Dorothy is an office volunteer).

The Premier’s Senior’s Christmas Concerts began in 2001 and have since been held in 18 regional areas throughout Queensland. Member for Toowoomba North Kerry Shine said it was great news the concert was being held in Highfields.

Allan Western, Melissa Western, members of the band and the Toowoomba East State School Choir

The concert was compered by the charismatic jazz singer Melissa Western, performing solo and duet performances with her father Alan Western, a renowned jazz performer and entertainer in the UK and Australia. Also featured were performances by Toowoomba East State School Choir, dance routines by Dance Central and poetry recitations by Highfields State School students.

Bill Woodside won the Lucky Program prize, and was presented with a hamper by the Premier.

Dorothy and Bill Woodside with Premier Anna Bligh and Kerry Shine MP. Bill could also have won an award for the best costume, looking the part of Santa, wearing a kilt. He also carried a Condamine bell from Highfields Pioneer Village.

The concert was followed by a morning tea enjoyed by all who attended.

Carole Lyons, Cr Anne Glasheen and Annica Sheppard chatting at the morning tea.

The QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh, will host a second concert in Cairns on Friday 10 December.

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