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Inaugural talent quest rocks the Silver City

Monday, 14th March, 2016

Broken Hill’s Got Talent award winners:  David Cranby (back from left) James O’Neil,  Bree Muscat,  Zach Murray, and (front from left) Hannah Schofield, Maggie Dowton, Tatum Champion with host Laurie White. PICTURES: Still Memories Broken Hill’s Got Talent award winners: David Cranby (back from left) James O’Neil, Bree Muscat, Zach Murray, and (front from left) Hannah Schofield, Maggie Dowton, Tatum Champion with host Laurie White. PICTURES: Still Memories

By Michael Murphy

The Broken Hill’s Got Talent Night took off in sensational fashion on Friday night, wooing a full house at the Civic Centre.

The talent quest with a $2500 purse - part of the lead-up to the city’s premier horse racing event on Saturday - has received outstanding reviews and delighted organisers.

Hannah Schofield picked up first prize in the senior category for her sensational rendition of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ while Zach Murray won the junior section dancing to ‘Hello’.

Zach was also voted the People’s Choice award winner. He picked up $700 for winning his category and $500 for the People’s Choice - a good night for him.

Host Laurie White said the popularity of the event took organisers by surprise, especially since there was also a big crowd over at the Musicians’ Club with comedian Jimeoin.

“Yes it did because there was a lot going on, it really did surprise us,” she said.

“We were absolutely thrilled with the feedback ... we got an excellent response from the public.”

About 260 people witnessed some outstanding performances throughout the night, with one of the big highlights coming from guest performers, the Wilcannia Choir, led by William Mafi.

“He moved to Wilcannia this year and formed the choir,” said St Patrick’s Race Club’s Andrew Schmidt, who helped organise Friday night’s event.

“They did a 25 minute set and they got the biggest reception on the night by a mile,” he said.

They drove into Broken Hill in a bus just before the show and then jumped back on their bus straight afterwards, heading back to Wilcannia.

Mr Schmidt said the race club was delighted with the night, and would sit down after the race meeting to talk about the possibility of future talent events.

 

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“It’s definitely something that we will discuss,” he said.

“The feedback that we are getting from people that were there is they want it back.”

The next big events in the lead-up to Saturday’s race meeting include a sporting lunch at the Tydvil Hotel on Friday with Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Johnny Letts headlining a list of speakers, and then the traditional Games Night at the Sturt Club on Friday night.

The Broken Hill Harness Racing Club’s Carnival of Cups will also feature on Friday night at the Rocky Baker Memorial Paceway.

Organisers are also delighted the weather bureau is forecasting a perfect 25 degrees for race day, but they are urging punters to buy pre-paid tickets or memberships to avoid delays getting onto the track. 

The talent quest was supported by some fantastic volunteers including Kimberley Fell, Holly Howard and Leanne Barber, while school teachers Lindy Robins and Charyne Bradley were superb in managing the creative side of the event.

Organisers also thanked major supporters Mick and Jill Schinella, Dr Lyn Mayne, Thom Dick and Harry’s, Go Dental, the Musicians Club and City Council.

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