First heat of the Senior Talent Star 2013 Quest, held at the St Peter's Anglican Church, J Hickey Drive, contestant's (back left) Reg Sutton, Ged Carter, Timo Koivunen, Peter Bush, (front) Irene Wex.
First heat of the Senior Talent Star 2013 Quest, held at the St Peter's Anglican Church, J Hickey Drive, contestant's (back left) Reg Sutton, Ged Carter, Timo Koivunen, Peter Bush, (front) Irene Wex. Brenda Strong

Seniors’ talent rocks first heat of council's quest

GLADSTONE'S seniors will not go quietly - and they've got the guitars to prove it.

A new Gladstone Regional Council initiative has inspired some of the region's over-55s to take to the stage, in the Senior Talent Star Quest.

And the first heat, at St Peter's Anglican Church on Thursday, showed competition is hot.

Five brave performers took to the makeshift stage.

First up, guitarist Reg Sutton, 56, sang Eagles and Dr Hook classics, explaining he'd been performing for 20 years.

Ged Carter, 61, sang Sinatra's My Way, and said he was "a bit frightened of competitions".

His performance put paid to that.

Irene Wex, 62, gave a country flavour to proceedings, while Tim Koivunen, 56, delivered a rollicking rendition of Brown Eyed Girl.

The bluer humour of Peter Bush, 63, provided a fun finish.

Ged, Irene and Timo all made it through to the grand final, to be held at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre Marquee on Friday, August 23.

The judges encouraged unsuccessful entrants to try their luck again, with entries still open, and more heats in coming weeks.

To register call 4976 6948 or email darlenec@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au.



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