Hugh Cornish turns 80

HUGH Cornish shows off his OBE (over Bloody Eighty) award. Inset: Renaissance residents Charlie and Helen Matthews join Hugh and his son Tim Cornish at the celebrations. Photos by  
 CHRIS McCORMACK
HUGH Cornish shows off his OBE (over Bloody Eighty) award. Inset: Renaissance residents Charlie and Helen Matthews join Hugh and his son Tim Cornish at the celebrations. Photos by CHRIS McCORMACK
Hugh Cornish receives his OBE ( over Bloody Eighty) from Bowman MP Andrew Laming.Photo by Chris McCormack

Hugh Cornish receives his OBE ( over Bloody Eighty) from Bowman MP Andrew Laming.Photo by Chris McCormack

Hugh Cornish's 80th birthday. l-r- Renaissance resident Charlie Matthews, Hugh Cornish and his son Tim Cornish of South Brisbane and Helen Matthews, also a resident.Photo by Chris McCormack

Hugh Cornish's 80th birthday. l-r- Renaissance resident Charlie Matthews, Hugh Cornish and his son Tim Cornish of South Brisbane and Helen Matthews, also a resident.Photo by Chris McCormack

Hugh Cornish's 80th birthday. Hugh Cornish with Renaissance residents Wendy Peat and Tom Hackett.Photo by Chris McCormack

Hugh Cornish's 80th birthday. Hugh Cornish with Renaissance residents Wendy Peat and Tom Hackett.Photo by Chris McCormack

Hugh Cornish's 80th birthday. Renaissance residents Maureen Sandry and Ron Duncan dance up a storm.Photo by Chris McCormack

Hugh Cornish's 80th birthday. Renaissance residents Maureen Sandry and Ron Duncan dance up a storm.Photo by Chris McCormack

Hugh Cornish's 80th birthday. Renaissance residents Barry and Dorothy Naylor.Photo by Chris McCormack

Hugh Cornish's 80th birthday. Renaissance residents Barry and Dorothy Naylor.Photo by Chris McCormack

Hugh Cornish's 80th birthday. Renaissance residents Bev Ross and Joan Underwood.Photo by Chris McCormack

Hugh Cornish's 80th birthday. Renaissance residents Bev Ross and Joan Underwood.Photo by Chris McCormack

TELEVISION legend Hugh Cornish celebrated his 80th birthday last Thursday.

Hugh, the first person to have appeared on Brisbane television, celebrated with friends and family at Victoria Point and, in true showman style, with live entertainment by Brisbane comedy cabaret band Wickety Wak and pianist Luke Kingston.

Hugh's friends also presented him with a surprise award of an "OBE" (Over Bloody Eighty).

Hugh had a long career in entertainment, especially working at Channel 9, where he held many roles both on and off camera, including that of news reader, programmer and general manager. He has also been a recording artist, with gold records to his credit, and a radio announcer.

He welcomed Queensland viewers to television in August, 1959, and went on to make an outstanding contribution to the media industry, to the arts and to the community.

Hugh said a highlight of his career was meeting HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip during a Royal Command Performance he produced, and at which he also played piano with Tommy Tycho, at the old Her Majesty's Theatre in Brisbane.

As he turns 80, Hugh continues to coordinate the entertainment at Rennaissance Retirement Village, Victoria Point.

You can read more about Hugh in the next edition of Senior Lifestyle Bayside, available soon.