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Somerset seniors celebrate Seniors Week at Esk

Krystal Thompson, Melvin Hodgson and Dawn Corney enjoy morning tea donated by The Old Fernvale Bakery.
Krystal Thompson, Melvin Hodgson and Dawn Corney enjoy morning tea donated by The Old Fernvale Bakery. Contributed

If laughter is the best medicine, then the hundreds of seniors at the Somerset Civic Centre in Esk last Friday must be the healthiest people in the region.

They were there to celebrate Seniors Week, an annual event hosted by Somerset Regional Council for residents to join together and celebrate the valuable contribution of older people.

The event forms part of national Senior Week Celebrations held from 16 to 24 August and heading the bill at Esk were the talented duo, Two Old Ducks, who held a live cooking demonstration.

The Esk Bush Bashers also performed their toe-tapping music in front of the 300-strong crowd with some assistance from Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann.

The Bush Bashers have been going strong for two decades playing their unique brand of music with piano, accordions, bass guitar, mouth organ, bush bass (an old tea chest) and lager phone (think bottle tops).

Mayor Lehmann said it was a fantastic day.

"It was a great celebration of the achievements and accomplishments made by seniors in our community," Cr Lehmann said.

"I would like to say a special thank you to the seniors in Somerset as well as all the local businesses, school students and organisations who made the event a huge success."

Bill Rose's Old Fernvale Bakery donated scrumptious slices and uniquely decorated muffins for morning tea while hospitality students from Toogoolawah State High School helped to cater. 

The MC was local nutritionist Brady Schulz who said the event celebrated the wisdom and valuable contributions of elderly people.

Topics:  esk seniors week somerset regional council


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