IN PICTURES: Emotional Watto holds last Seniors Christmas Concert ahead of retirement

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State Member for Albany Peter Watson at his final seniors Christmas concert.
Camera IconState Member for Albany Peter Watson at his final seniors Christmas concert. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Retiring Albany MP Peter Watson hosted his 20th and final Seniors Christmas Concert on Sunday, delivering his signature bad jokes to a jolly crowd of 380 at Albany Entertainment Centre.

Mr Watson started the tradition in his first year in Parliament, with about 50 seniors attending a Christmas concert at Mount Lockyer Primary School hall.

It reached a record of 400 guests when it was held at St Joseph’s College last year.

The event started as an ode to his parents, who Mr Watson said rarely had the chance to go out in their senior years.

Margaret Lathbury and Colleen Conlan.
Camera IconMargaret Lathbury and Colleen Conlan. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Each year, the concert ends with their favourite carol, Silent Night.

“My mum and dad went to a retirement village and they didn’t go anywhere, they said there was nothing on for us,” he said.

“I thought well, they are both gone, now maybe I could make it so some of our other seniors can have something to look forward to at the end of each year.”

Crossbow performed at the Christmas concert.
Camera IconCrossbow performed at the Christmas concert. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Mr Watson said some of the most memorable moments from his concerts was donning wacky costumes to entertain the crowd.

“I have been dressed up as the ugly sister, a garden gnome — they have a habit of putting dresses on me,” he said. “There’s been plenty over the years, but I was always the ugly one.

“But that made the seniors laugh and I’d do anything to make those beautiful people laugh.”

Peter Watson and Guy Wroth.
Camera IconPeter Watson and Guy Wroth. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Mr Watson said his final concert was an emotional one.

“It was pretty emotional but I do it for my mum and dad and hopefully it has made a lot of people happier,” he said. “I hope whoever becomes the Member for Albany will carry it on.”

Pat Ditchburn and Barbara Snith.
Camera IconPat Ditchburn and Barbara Snith. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Anne Hawkins, Geoffrey Fairclough and Linda Hill.
Camera IconAnne Hawkins, Geoffrey Fairclough and Linda Hill. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Lorna Wiggins, Rebecca Stephens, Dianne Wolfer, Sue Bassett and Jess Bassett.
Camera IconLorna Wiggins, Rebecca Stephens, Dianne Wolfer, Sue Bassett and Jess Bassett. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Tom and Betty Reed and Venetia Marshall, centre.
Camera IconTom and Betty Reed and Venetia Marshall, centre. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson
Jim Coutts, Kath Moir, with Jean and Barry Pannett.
Camera IconJim Coutts, Kath Moir, with Jean and Barry Pannett. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
John and Marg Blaney-Murphy.
Camera IconJohn and Marg Blaney-Murphy. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Dulcie Treeby and Maureen Turner.
Camera IconDulcie Treeby and Maureen Turner. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Maureen Fryatt and Corrie Bailey.
Camera IconMaureen Fryatt and Corrie Bailey. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
State member for Albany Peter Watson at his final seniors Christmas concert.
Camera IconState member for Albany Peter Watson at his final seniors Christmas concert. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
The Shantylillies performed at the Christmas concert.
Camera IconThe Shantylillies performed at the Christmas concert. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

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