The Active and Outrageous seniors uke group get ready to take the stage at the Yamba Seniors Expo.
The Active and Outrageous seniors uke group get ready to take the stage at the Yamba Seniors Expo. Adam Hourigan

Strumming some good vibrations at Seniors Expo

IF SOMEONE handed you a musical instrument and told you that in four weeks you'd be giving a concert at the Yamba Bowling Club, you'd think it was outrageous.

But for many of the ukulele players at yesterday's Seniors Expo, the first strum took all of the nerves away.

"You really feel part of a group," player Steve Jenner said.

"It's not like you're up there by yourself, you really part of something, and you lose that fear with everyone around you."

Instructor for the Active and Outrageous seniors ukuele group Anne Commerford said that there is a real sense of achievement for the group, many who had never played a musical instrument before.

"They're here to have fun. A lot of them say they enjoy the social aspect, meeting new people and making friends," she said.

"And musically we start very simple, build up a few chords, but we go from the start to being able to play a few songs."

And the strummers can't wait for another go.

"We're all booked in for more lessons in May," group member Janine Mercer. "We don't want to lose the friendships we've made in the group.

"Or the calluses we've made," she laughed.

The performance was just one of the presentations at the Seniors Expo at the Yamba Bowling Club yesterday, and also ran in Grafton on Friday.

"We had around 80 people in Grafton and 100 in Yamba so far," organising committee member Gren Booty said.

"The purpose of the day is to let people know all the different services, groups and activities that are available from seniors.

People were able to see information stalls on topics ranging from health, finance, aged care as well as entertainment and specialised speakers.

"We want to show people that being aged is not boring," Gren said.



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