Peter Ryan of Bonalbo has a fitting for his role
Peter Ryan of Bonalbo has a fitting for his role

From Aussie Idol to a sheep thief

By BREE PRICE

MANY PEOPLE hear the name Peter Ryan and think Australian Idol, but come the fourth weekend in October he'll become more well known for sheep theft. The Bonalbo resident is the star of this year's North Coast National Arena Spectac- ular, The Summerland Credit Union Waltzing Matilda Story. Peter, who became an in- stant celebrity when he reached the Top 12 of the first Australian Idol series in 2003, is set to sing the role of Banjo Paterson, the poet be- hind Waltzing Matilda. He said he couldn't wait

for the Arena Spectacular per- formances being held every night of the North Coast Na- tional on October 20, 21 and 22. "I'm looking forward to singing I Still Call Australia Home," he said. "It's a beautiful song and very patriotic. "It's very uplifting." Peter said he would also be showcasing some of his own songs from his new al- bum, Like Oxygen, following the spectacular. Mark Eady, from Ozworks Entertainment, said the Arena Spectacular evening program was going to be the 'best ev- er'. He said it would also fea-

ture the Gilchrist Casting Va- riety Show, Meerschaum Vale bush poet and singer Dingo Dryden, Barry Conlan's It's a Horse's Life, fireworks and a performance by Ballina punk rockers Brittle FEx. More than 300 performers will be involved in the show. "Young people are being invited to stay on after the fireworks and dance at the showgrounds," Mr Eady said.

n Young women aged be- tween 18 and 25 are still be- ing sought to enter the North Coast National Showgirl Com- petition. Those who are interested can phone 6621 5916 for more information.



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