Lo­cals meet Ro­nan Keat­ing

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY res­i­dents Shirley Wod­son, Lynette Corne, Jo Smir­don, An­nie Cleghorn and An­nette Pickering were among those for­tu­nate enough to meet pop star Ro­nan Keat­ing on Hamil­ton Is­land last week.

The lo­cal res­i­dents at­tended last Wed­nes­day's in­au­gu­ral Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week Charles Hei­d­sieck Cham­pagne Lunch at which the Chan­nel 7 X Fac­tor judge and his girl­friend Storm Uechtritz were spe­cial guests.

Ms Wod­son said she and her friends had been stay­ing on Hamil­ton Is­land and were keen to check out the lux­ury qualia re­sort where the func­tion was held.

"We'd heard ru­mours that Ro­nan Keat­ing was on the is­land but we had no idea he was go­ing to show up at the lunch," she said.

Ms Wod­son said it was her friend Lynette who plucked up the courage to ask the singer if he would mind pos­ing for a pho­to­graph.

"He was so oblig­ing and so friendly - it was lovely," she said.

Keat­ing also de­lighted guests by singing a happy 21st birth­day to fel­low guest and male model Zac On­frey. His im­promptu per­for­mance re­ceived rous­ing ap­plause.

The lunch it­self was a three­course meal matched with Charles Hei­d­sieck wines.

Ms Wod­son said it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and one the ladies would not for­get.

"It was bril­liant. Great food, great wine, great com­pany and a great venue," she said.

"We all had a fan­tas­tic time and it was some­thing we'll be talk­ing about for a long time to come."

MEM­O­RABLE MO­MENT: Whit­sun­day res­i­dents Shirley Wod­son (left), Lynette Corne and An­nette Pickering met pop star and X Fac­tor judge Ro­nan Keat­ing on Hamil­ton Is­land last week.

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