SPECIAL BIRTHDAY: Gympie singing teacher Elizabeth Reid.
SPECIAL BIRTHDAY: Gympie singing teacher Elizabeth Reid.

City crowd sings Happy Birthday to Gympie teacher

GYMPIE'S Elizabeth Reid received a particularly well crafted version of Happy Birthday on her 88th birthday.

The talented music teacher spent her birthday, and the rest of the Easter weekend, at the Queensland Eisteddfod in Brisbane.

Many choral competitors were gathered together to hear and participate in items and Mrs Reid presented her trophy to the winner of the Champion Dramatic Soprano when she received her birthday song from the audience.

She told the audience she loved them too.

Ms Reid also donated the trophy and prizes for the next item, Golden Voice Solo for persons 60 years and over.

She competed in the item and won her own trophy.

In his adjudication, Professor Peter Tregear said that he felt presumptuous in giving advice to Mrs Reid who clearly knew more about the art of singing than he did.

The Queensland Eisteddfod is at Easter each year and travels around different cities.

This year was the first time in more than 30 years that the eisteddfod has been held in Brisbane, where it started.

The Brisbane City Council made the restored city hall available and the highlight of the eisteddfod was the massed choirs of more than 500 voices filling the magnificent hall.

The Queensland Eisteddfod returns to Gympie in 2017, and a local committee is already at work preparing for it.

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