Harbourside Village residents celebrate St George’s Day


Spice doesn’t get much scarier than this: The Spice Boys Derek Hemptimstall, Tony Lumkin, Eric Westhead, Geoff Taylor and John Petch (Snobby Spice).       
Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d453149
Harbourside Village residents celebrate St George’s Day
Spice doesn’t get much scarier than this: The Spice Boys Derek Hemptimstall, Tony Lumkin, Eric Westhead, Geoff Taylor and John Petch (Snobby Spice).        Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d453149

RETIREES gave showtime classics renewed energy during a St George’s Day celebration in Mindarie recently.

More than 20 Harbourside Village residents performed in the April 22 song and dance show, entertaining an audience of about 150 people.

Resident Sharon Slimper, who directed the show with Irene Stirn, said it started with the 1900s and some of the classic songs like Tavern in the Town, and then through the 1940s wartimes and Leaning on the Lampost.

“There was also lots of fun with Yes, We have no Bananas and I’ve got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts, but it was the 1990s and the Spice Boys that really got the crowd going.”

Five male village residents took on the serious role of dressing, dancing and singing like the Spice Girls, with one even trying on some underwear at the local shopping centre.

“Fortunately, he was with his wife when he had a browse,” Mrs Slimper said.

The theatre group put on shows each year but they were especially proud of this one, which celebrated their largely British heritage and included many iconic individuals of the ages.

The Barrow Boys, Pearly King and Queen, Floozies and Cockneys all had their moment on stage.

Dating back to 1222, the original St George’s Day celebrated the life of the maiden-rescuing, dragon-slaying knight, and while fanciful, he was a legend in his time.

The cast of the St George’s Day show took the audience through some of England’s most historical phases with their creative take on war-time and music.

Lendlease’s retirement living regional manager Fiona Rinaldi said it was good to see residents keep their passion for the arts alive.

“Sharon’s doing a terrific job with the theatre group,” she said. “We also have two retired UK pop stars in the village – they have been wonderful with the choir and starting a band.

“The community spirit these events foster is wonderful.”

The concert raised $2000 for the Lions Eye Institute and Lions Hearing Clinic.