City mayor superstar?
Can Nick Leggett hold a tune? How’s the Education Minister’s pitch?
Those questions will be answered next week when the Sandbar Pub hosts a talent quest, all in aid of the Derek Wootton Memorial Trust.
The ball got rolling after Sandbar coowners Lindy Galloway and Steve Baker won an auction at the trust’s inaugural dinner at Pataka in May. For $500, they won the opportunity to have Mr Leggett sing at the Sandbar.
The talent quest has snowballed from this, with National’s Education Minister Hekia Parata and Mana MP Kris Faafoi also confirmed.
Local lawyer Bill Bevan; Peter Winnington, representing the police; and jazz singer Robin McLellan will also perform. All singers will perform in front of a live band.
Entry is $2, with votes, costing $2, taken after the singers have performed, to crown a winner. Ms Galloway expects a full house and hopes to hold another auction, this time for one of Mr Wootton’s rugby jerseys, signed by all the performers.
‘‘Every penny we get on the night will go towards the trust. We love the fact that it supports young people in Porirua to further their aspirations and hopefully it could become an annual event.’’
Mr Leggett was staying mum on what song he would be belting out, but is planning a few rehearsals with the band to get it right. He’s anticipating plenty of banter on the night but feels it is unlikely he will become a YouTube sensation.
‘‘I hope people don’t have high expectations of me . . . but it should be a fun night.’’
The show starts at 7.30pm on August 30.
Mayoral croon: The song choice is a secret for now, but Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett is confident he has a tune that will have crowd members, like Lindy Galloway, clapping along.