Elliot Gardens retirees host cul-de-sac Coronavirus concerts

Coronavirus concert: Elliot Gardens residents Michael and Rita Sinclair-Wood perform during outdoor, socially-distanced concerts. Photo: Supplied.
Coronavirus concert: Elliot Gardens residents Michael and Rita Sinclair-Wood perform during outdoor, socially-distanced concerts. Photo: Supplied.

Residents at Elliot Gardens Retirement Village, Port Elliot are banding together to spread some much-needed cheer in these uncertain times.

Safely gathering in socially distanced groups outdoors in the village's cul-de-sacs, the residents are busy hosting Coronavirus concerts, filling the air with the sounds of music.

Lendlease Retirement Village manager Vicki Neilson has been thriving in her roles of producer, director and singer and said the singalongs were bringing great joy to the tight-knit community.

"These singalongs are only possible due to the fabulous pianist we have in the village; Rita Sinclair-Wood," said Ms Neilson.

"Rita is an absolute gem and she and I have performed together for lots of different events in the village over the years.

"It was a beautiful day at Port Elliot last Tuesday (May 19) so I rallied the troops and hit the streets for our cul-de-sac singalong.

"We performed three gigs from 2-4pm and with weather permitting, we plan on performing more sing along concerts in the village."

Ms Neilson said the initiative has been well supported by the local community, with Adare Church lending the group a keyboard for their performances.

An Elliot Gardens resident had an amplifier handy, and Ms Neilson printed music books, gathered some chairs and a large mat, and the singing began.

Singalong: Performances are being hosted in each of the village's three caul-de-sacs.

Singalong: Performances are being hosted in each of the village's three caul-de-sacs.

Two of the village's gardeners also helped out and turned into roadies for the day, loading the gear into their ute and helping set up and pack up.

"It was a lot of fun and although my voice was pretty rough, by the end of the two hours, the residents loved the singalong," said Ms Neilson.

"We even had two groupies that came to each of the three cul-de-sacs because they were having such a great time."

Elliot Gardens have also been running a program with the Hotel Elliot during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the hotel regularly delivering pub feeds and paying social calls to residents.