Dougal Stevenson back as newsreader

Dougal Stevenson  on stage. Photo by Olivia Caldwell.
Dougal Stevenson on stage. Photo by Olivia Caldwell.
"This is the news and this is Dougal Stevenson reading it."

It was a voice made famous from New Zealand's first new broadcast in 1969 and yesterday it was again heard by a Queenstown audience as part of an Anzac Day celebration concert, Music While You Work.

More than 100 people attended the afternoon show, which combined the instantly recognisable voice of Mr Stevenson, Queenstown entertainers and the Queenstown Jazz Orchestra who entertained with song, dance and comedy.

Set during World War 2, the show was staged as a radio broadcast and featured host Steve Wilde as well as Alex Derbie, Marty Newell, Andrew Edgar and Margaret O'Hanlon, all of Queenstown.

The RSA show played at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, with the evening show expected to be more popular.

It was the second time the Queenstown RSA had staged a specially commissioned Anzac Day concert, with the first in 2010 selling out.

Directed by Queenstown Lakes District Council communications officer Jo Blick, the show was named after the popular war-time BBC radio programme.

Six years of history was condensed into the 90-minute show, which was also a fundraiser for the Memorial Hall upgrade, later this year.


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