Celebrity visit for conference

ROCK royalty has been visiting the Whitsundays this week - former Boomtown Rats frontman Sir Bob Geldof.

Sir Bob was on Hayman Island on the weekend, speaking at a conference for national health, home and beauty products retailer, Priceline.

Hayman spokesperson Sally Morgan confirmed Sir Bob had been a guest on the island but would not reveal what he was speaking about at the conference.

Sir Bob Geldof and his band the Boomtown Rats were one of the biggest selling acts of the late 1970s and early 1980s with hits like Rat Trap (1978) and I Don't Like Mondays (1979).

The Irish-born singer/songwriter is also an author and political activist, well known for his anti-poverty efforts concerning Africa.

In 1984, he and Midge Ure founded the charity supergroup Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.

They went on to organise the charity super-concert Live Aid the following year and the Live 8 concerts in 2005.

He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, been granted an honourary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II and has received numerous awards.

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