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Merlin’s got talent

Talented residents took to the stage last  Monday to showcase their party pieces in front of a packed audience.

Chipping Sodbury Town Hall was packed to the rafters as the Merlin Housing Society residents took to the stage for the Merlin’s got talent show, cheered on by family and friends.

Among the nine performers were a magic act, a Pearly Queen and 88-year-old singer Charles Turnbull, the show’s oldest performer. Charles is no stranger to the stage as he’s been singing with male voice choirs for more than 50 years.

“I’ve been signing virtually all my life and still enjoy it,” he said. “I was approached to take part in the show and it was really enjoyable.”

As well as performances from Merlin residents, all of whom live in the society’s independent living schemes, the audience was also entertained by the all singing, all dancing The Stage Door Johnnies performing their A Touch of Dad’s Army show.

Senior Activities Co-ordinator Lorna Giles said: “We knew that a lot of our residents have special skills and so decided to hold this event so they could show what they could do. All of the performers were amazing and we’ve had really good feedback from everyone who came along to watch.

“This was the first time we’ve held a talent show for our residents, but as the performers and audience enjoyed it so much, we’ll definitely consider doing another one.”

Merlin’s Independent Living Services Activities Team has held a number of events during the year and is on the look out for volunteers to help run events next year. For more information contact our main office on 01454 821100.

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