Invercargill's elderly took a walk Down Memory Lane yesterday.
Nearly 600 people turned out for the concert at the Ascot Park Hotel, held as part of Greats and Grands month.
The crowd was bigger than expected, sending organisers scrambling to find extra chairs.
During a break between acts, MC Gerry Forde asked the crowd to show how much pride they had in their grandchildren, and they did, first by raising one hand, then two hands, then by standing. Mr Forde cheekily admonished those who were quite rightly unable to stand on command.
Audience member Susan McIntosh said she was "looking forward to the music and the kapa haka group".
Choir group Uniquely Us got proceedings under way, singing several classic tunes, including Any Dream Will Do and Amazing Grace, which had some of the audience joining them in song.
Pupils from Waverley Park School gave a lively kapa haka performance and Bryan Townley performed a set of country songs.
There were also performances by the South Alive Choir, the Winton Men's Probus Choir and Steve Wilcox, who did his Elvis impersonation.
Organiser Shona Fordyce said the purpose of the event was to help "get people interested in Greats and Grands month" and also to give the elderly a chance to get out and about.
"We did it last year and had a fantastic time," she said. "They [the elderly] need stimulating".
Andrew Voerman is a journalism student at Canterbury University.
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