Marco Gliori, Phil Vellacott and Col Alley prepare for the variety concert.
Marco Gliori, Phil Vellacott and Col Alley prepare for the variety concert. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Warwick set for 150th bash

FINAL preparations for tonight's variety concert are underway, as Warwick prepares to welcome Premier Anna Bligh back to her birth town for our 150th birthday bash.

Ms Bligh flies into Warwick this afternoon and is set to be entertained with some of Warwick's most talented performers, with everything from belly-dancing to operatic singing.

While preparing for tonight's visit, Ms Bligh yesterday said she was looking forward to her trip back the Rose City.

“I'm very excited about the chance to visit Warwick during its big celebration,” Ms Bligh said.

“Warwick is a beautiful city and it has every right to feel proud of its history and celebrate its heritage.

“While I'm sorry I can't make the Gala Ball, I know the concert will be a great night of entertainment."

Organiser and narrator Marco Gliori said the performers had a very successful rehearsal on Thursday night and were now looking forward to the weekend's performances.

“Everybody is really excited about being involved and I think they are just amazed at the variety of performers involved,” Mr Gliori.

Despite the much-anticipated visit from the Premier, Mr Gliori said the performers were a little worried about performing in front of such a high-profile guest.

“Everybody is feeling pretty relaxed now and Anna is an old friend of Warwick's so I don't think there is any added pressure there at all,” he said.

Warwick Tourism and Events CEO Tracy Vellacott said the night promised something for everyone and crowds would not leave disappointed.

“We are all very excited it's getting closer and there was a beehive of activity at the town hall yesterday, as everyone was down there putting on the finishing touches,” she said.

“We have a very special visual presentation to be played, which looks at great sporting moments and the volunteers who make the community,” she said.

Mrs Vellacott said the impending arrival of the premier was an exciting time for the community and said performers were ready to wow Ms Bligh with their talents.

“We have been in touch with Ms Bligh's office to make the final arrangements on how she will get here,” Mrs Vellacott said.

“It is very pleasing she has made the time to attend and we aim to show her what good entertainment we can provide in Warwick.”



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