No more encores for our Pauline

PAULINE Colvin has been a class act for the Rockhampton Eisteddfod for the past 50 years.

As a passionate performer, the 65-year-old is also one of Rockhampton's Pilbeam Theatre and eisteddfod's precious volunteers.

After 50 years of unforgettable moments and fond memories Mrs Colvin said it was time to say "thank you'' and "farewell''.

"It is my turn now to enjoy the performances of the eisteddfod in the audience, rather than behind the stage,'' she said.

"I have made some wonderful friends and enjoyed observing several generations of competitors go through the various eisteddfods, including my own children in younger years.''

Mrs Colvin started as a competitor in the '50s and took to the stage at the age of 15.

Along with her stardom, she said she would help out during the eisteddfod from delivering messages to office work.

But it was not long before Mrs Colvin took on a number of official roles including the secretary of the Rockhampton Eisteddfod Association for 22 years and resident for three.

"I used to start at 8am and not leave the Pilbeam Theatre at 7pm,'' she said.

"There's only a few weeks of the year that you get off before you're preparing for the next eisteddfod.''

Mrs Colvin said the number of competitors flourished as each year passed.

"When I first took over as secretary of the Rockhampton Eisteddfod Association ... 2000 performers and it used to go over 10 days.

"Now there are more than 7000 performers and the eisteddfod goes over four weeks.''

Since the age of seven, Mrs Colvin said she was learning speech, dancing, singing and playing the piano.

"I got my first taste of stardom at the age of 13 and I performed at the Winter Gardens in Alma Street,'' she said.

"I thought all my birthdays had come at once.''

Even after getting married at the age of 22 and having two children, Mrs Colvin said she continued to be a part of the eisteddfod.

"I love singing and always have,'' she said.

"When my children were old enough, they too joined the eisteddfod.''

Mrs Colvin said she wanted to thank her husband, family and friends for their continued support.



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