Golden oldies a hit

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A group of re­tired Sal­va­tion Army mu­si­cians got City of Kar­ratha res­i­dents up and danc­ing to band mu­sic last week­end in the name of pro­mot­ing healthy and ac­tive life­styles.

The Silver Threads band per­formed a se­ries of con­certs in Roe­bourne, Kar­ratha and Wick­ham from Fri­day to Sun­day on a tour of the North West spon­sored by Health­way.

Roe­bourne PCYC cen­tre man­ager Kirsty Levi, who helped or­gan­ise the band’s visit said they had been a huge hit.

“We had teach­ers up do­ing the Hokey Pokey, we had 10 teenage boys up do­ing the Can-Can,” she said.

“Then ev­ery­body got up to do the Macarena. It was just a re­ally good laugh.”

Ms Levi said it had been great to hold the Roe­bourne concert as part of the town’s 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

“I’d heard that the Sal­va­tion Army band Silver Threads were com­ing up (to the North West) around this time ... (and) it just hap­pened to co­in­cide with the Roe­bourne 150th birth­day,” she said. “That’s why I ar­ranged it for this week.”

More than 200 peo­ple at­tended the Fri­day per­for­mance at Roe­bourne PCYC, in­clud­ing stu­dents and staff from Roe­bourne District High School and mem­bers of Yaan­d­ina Aged Care.

A Satur­day night per­for­mance at Kar­ratha Se­nior High School was also a suc­cess, with the school band join­ing in. The sea­soned Silver Threads per­form­ers played a wide range of mu­sic for all ages, from nursery rhymes to Waltz­ing Matilda and even the Star Wars and Ad­dams Fam­ily theme songs.

They were busy with con­certs through­out the week­end, also per­form­ing at Yaan­d­ina Aged Care, the Kar­ratha Sal­va­tion Army church, the Port Wal­cott Yacht Club in Wick­ham and the Searip­ple Vil­lage.

Ms Levi said she also thought the concert was a good way to fin­ish up in her role at Roe­bourne PCYC. “It’s prob­a­bly my last (Roe­bourne) com­mu­nity event, so it was nice way to go out on a high,” she said.

“Iron­i­cally, my new role is with the Sal­va­tion Army.”

Pic­ture: Kirsty Levi

The Silver Threads band per­form on stage at Roe­bourne PCYC on Fri­day.

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