IT was a full house at The Capital theatre on Monday for the launch of the 2013 Bendigo Victorian Seniors Festival with star attraction Jade Hurley OAM pleasing the crowd with an energetic performance.
The seniors were left dazzled both by the performance and Hurley's silver sequined jacket, characteristic of the flamboyant singer-songwriter, as he took to the stage.
Australia's 'king of rock' had the crowd of 480 people clapping, waving their hands and singing along with hits including Oh Boy and Running Bear.
Elna Batey, 72, travelled from Drummond with husband Bob to see the performance.
"It was fabulous," Mrs Batey said.
"We actually saw Jade before, 40 odd years ago, he's still the same, just older, like us.
"It is just good for all the older people to come together.
"Events like this make you get out and about and get interested in things. It gets us all moving."
Fellow senior Carmel Rodgers could not agree more.
"I enjoyed it very much. I came all the way from Warracknabeal just to see him. You just have to look around you to see the happiness here," she said.
"This week gets everyone out and about, it gives the ladies a reason to get all dressed up and it doesn't end there, people meet and go for coffee afterwards.
"We are not going to allow ourselves to just sit in armchairs and wait for death."
Meanwhile the Australian entertainment legend was himself delighted to be taking part.
"Seniors are the most important people in our society," Hurley said.
"Today was great. These people have been watching my shows for years. But I am still alive and lucky that I can still do this.
"Nine out of 10 of people in my age group can't, so I'm blessed.
"Every time when you see a full house it is just amazing.
"I am really looking forward to coming back to Bendigo and being able to do my full show. This was just the condensed version!"
Hurley's career took off when he was 14 years old.