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GLENN Shorrock is a self-confessed
child of rock 'n' roll whose successful
career has spanned 40 years, beginning
The world-renowned Australian singer-
songwriter was born in Kent, England, and
migrated to Elizabeth in the mid-'50s, when
he was 10 years old.
The former Gawler High School student
told The Bunyip that he has a lot of good
memories of his teenage years in the area
and that the influx of English and European
migrants to the northern areas sparked his
passion for music.
"They would bring the latest fashions and
records with them from England and we
would copy that -- it was a constant source
of information," he said.
"I was a young teenager when rock and
roll came to this country and I just lapped
"I went from being a fan to gradually
getting involved with music to finding some
people to play with.
"We were just teenagers with not much to
do and we found ourselves singing a
capella and singing harmonies and that is
how I formed my first group with my two
friends -- The Twilights."
Shorrock said the group began perform-
ing in the Elizabeth and Gawler area, at
youth clubs, weddings and engagements,
but it was not until The Beatles came
to prominence in 1963 that everything
changed for him.
"The Beatles changed everything because
they wrote their own songs and that was a
novel idea at the time because nobody did
that before, so that's what we started to do
in my band," he said.
"As the pop genre got bigger and bigger
and dances and clubs sprung up over Ad-
elaide, everybody wanted to be a part of that
movement -- the Liverpool sound.
"I was famous in my street, then my sub-
urb and gradually got bigger and bigger."
After recording in Adelaide and scoring a
couple of hits locally, Shorrock was scouted
to Melbourne, which saw him leave South
Australia at 20 years of age to further his
Since then, Shorrock has spent his life as
a professional musician whose songs are
enjoyed and understood worldwide.
"It is a great way to make a living and I
have achieved most of my goals.
"I have been pretty lucky, I have been
involved in three successful bands and my
music is still played around the world.
"It is a very satisfying feeling to have your
music listened to around the world, espe-
cially if you write your own songs as well."
The former lead singer of the Little River
Band, which is celebrating its 40th an-
niversary this year, said his songs comprise
a partnership of good lyrics and good music.
While Sydney is his home now, Shorrock
will be returning to SA, where he was re-
cently inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame,
to perform at the Adelaide Entertainment
Centre on April 30.
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FILLED with plants, flowers and
vegetables, Abbeyfield's community garden
in Williamstown has blossomed over the
past two years, thanks to a group of
Established six years ago and located behind
the retirement village, about a dozen passion-
ate gardeners visit the garden on a regular basis,
maintaining and nurturing their own beds.
It is this group of people who have helped
transform the area from a vacant, weed-infested
patch of land, to a colourful and lush garden.
Joyce Glendenning has been involved with
the community garden for five years and said it
has been a fantastic way to meet new people.
"I think it's a camaraderie, as much as any-
thing," Mrs Glendenning said.
"We've all gardened on our own for so many
years, but to see other people's way of doing
things, it's a learning experience.
"We all learn from each other."
The garden is open to anyone in the commu-
nity, and while most come from Williamstown,
Kathy Stevens travels from Tanunda.
Since beginning in June, Mrs Stevens has
grown an abundance of produce, ranging from
rock melons to potatoes.
"When there's a lot of surplus, Abbeyfield
takes it, which is good," she said.
"That's the beauty of it and that's why we
grow so much, and we can also give friends
Originally set up by Abbeyfield and the
Williamstown Community Council, it was
envisioned that the garden would largely benefit
Former Abbeyfield board member Ron
Fromm said though many people come to
garden from outside the retirement home itself,
residents still enjoy its presence.
"I think the fact that they come outdoors and
for any residents that are still mobile enough to
garden, well that's great," he said.
"Even if they just wander up here and have a
look and enjoy the sunshine."
Mr Fromm added the group is always seek-
ing more people to get involved.
"I think, ultimately, there will be more and
more attracted to this sort of thing," he said.
"It's open for people to come and have a look,
and if they wish to start a plot, there's still a few
Several locals currently using the Abbey eld community garden are Pat James (left), Bill Hurst,
Joyce Glendenning, Jutta Bradley, Viv Broadbent and Kathy Stevens. PHOTO: Amelia Dawkins
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