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Visitors in city enjoy local talent on show at festival

Ferdinend Dadia, Benjie Salarda, Alipate Tuineau, tour guides Roel Obina and Dennis Andersen, Franco Ladica, and Raymundo Provendido gather at the pool table at Mission to Seafarers.
Ferdinend Dadia, Benjie Salarda, Alipate Tuineau, tour guides Roel Obina and Dennis Andersen, Franco Ladica, and Raymundo Provendido gather at the pool table at Mission to Seafarers. Brenda Strong

NAUTICAL organisations around the city have thrown their doors open to festival-goers as part of the Gladstone Harbour Festival.

The Gladstone Maritime Museum and Mission to Seafarers are just two such groups that will welcome visitors and provide extra tours.

Mission to Seafarers supports ship pilots and other crew who land in Gladstone's port.

Seafarers are collected twice a day by the mission, which brings them back to its Gladstone Marina base where exhausted crew can relax, play pool, and use the free Wi-Fi.

Seafarers often spend months at sea, far away from family and friends.

They have a rough deal, according to manager Dennis Andersen.

"Seafaring is probably the most dangerous profession in the world," he said.

"It has a much higher incidence of injury and death than any other industry in the world."

Seafarers come from all over the world, and usually race straight to computers to get in touch with family, making the mission a noisy and energetic place.

"It's a bit of a circus at times but it's really great to watch," said Mr Andersen.

Sarah Pacey connects with the audience in the senior GLNG and ZINC’s Talent Quest.
Sarah Pacey connects with the audience in the senior GLNG and ZINC’s Talent Quest.

Talent Quest and Battle of the Bands were a big success on Tuesday night, as a huge crowd gathered to watch Gladstone's rising stars.

Sisters Grace and Avril Hocking won the junior section with Love, by Lennon and Maisy. Remi Sayre gained second place and Sarah Waters claimed third.

Shellie Murz was crowned senior champion, Chedene was second and Mark Sawten was third.

A total of 20 entrants competed in the competition

The overall senior talent encouragement award went to Bethany Kirkpatrick-Hacksath and the overall audience appeal award went to Ramptons Danzenergy Studio.

The Battle of the Bands was a smaller event, with only two bands entering.

Gladstone Festivals and Events event co-ordinator Abi Galbraith said although not a lot of bands entered, it had been a fun night.

"We changed it up a bit. It was more of a local band showcase. The two bands played a half-hour set each and we split the prizemoney," she said.

Animal Throwdown and Red In Tooth rocked it out to a big crowd, which thoroughly enjoyed the second night of festivities at the 2014 Gladstone Harbour Festival.

Topics:  gladstone entertainment gladstone harbour festival mission to seafarers talent quest



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