Celebrations at Yarmouth Age Concern 64th anniversary party

ELDERLY folk took to the dance floor to celebrate the 64th anniversary of Great Yarmouth Age Concern.

The 1950s-themed party at the Seacroft Holiday Centre in Hemsby, was attended by hundreds in high spirits, and the organisers were delighted with the turnout.

Jackie Tierney, older people’s development worker, said: “No-one who does not want to be alone needs to be alone.

“The reunion is a great way to bring people together.”

The party on Thursday last week was the first of many celebrations this year, with festivities lined up for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and for the Olympics.

On June 1, there will be an Age Concern Olympics fun day.

Elderly people will be able to try their hand at everything from badminton, table tennis, target golf and giant connect four, right down to a sedate game of tiddly winks!

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And on June 6 there will be a charity stall and tombola in Yarmouth’s Market Place. A tea dance is planned in October.

The group has four lunch clubs across the borough that meet weekly, information services, and a weekly pop-in session at the Priory on Wednesday.

“It is very exciting times at Age Concern Great Yarmouth,” added Ms Tierney. “There are lots of ways for people to become involved.”

Anyone aged over 50 is welcome to join for a small subscription fee.

Members will receive a copy of the quarterly newsletter and a personal invitation to events and open meetings.

And organisers say volunteering is another way to get involved.

“We have a wonderful group of volunteers who help us in many different ways and we always have room for more,” added Ms Tierney. “Just an hour a week can make a real difference to an older person.

“The more services we can offer the more older and often isolated people we can reach.”

For details, call Jackie or Sarah on 01493 745052 or pop into the Priory on any weekday morning.