Golden oldies a hit
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.”
The Silver Threads band perform on stage at Roebourne PCYC on Friday.