SINGAPORE - Thousands were at the Singapore Botanic Gardens - recently declared as Singapore's first World Heritage Site - on Saturday evening for a concert to mark The Straits Times' 170th anniversary.
The concert by Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) was led by associate conductor Joshua Tan and the group performed music by The Beatles as well as tunes from the movie Ben Hur and musical Swan Lake.
Sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), it is part of SPH Gift of Music, a free community concert series which marks its 10 anniversary this year.
National Parks Board is the official venue sponsor for the series.
ST170 commemorative picnic mats were also given out to concert-goers.
There are also other treats in store for ST readers this year. History buffs can visit ST's free exhibition - Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow - from July 17 to Oct 4 at the ArtScience Museum.
There is also the ST Run at the Hub, to be held on Sept 27. Besides the 5km and 10km routes, there will be a special 18.45km route to mark the year the paper was founded - in 1845. To register, visit www.straitstimesrun.com
Readers can also enjoy ST170 Treats, a year-long series of giveaways. Prizes that have been given out include a trip to London to see pop singer Taylor Swift in concert, a trip for two to the Maldives, and Samsung Galaxy phones. Readers can enter a lucky draw for each prize by answering a multiple-choice question correctly at 1845.straitstimes.com