Older People’s Festival events celebrate South Tyneside’s Over 50s

OLDER PEOPLES FESTIVAL  ...  Launch of the Older Peoples Fair at Temple Park
OLDER PEOPLES FESTIVAL ... Launch of the Older Peoples Fair at Temple Park

A week-long extravaganza of activities for South Tyneside’s over 50s launches tomorrow.

Age UK has put together a programme of events to give the borough’s mature residents the chance to try something new.

It is an opportunity to promote independence

Victoria Dunn

The charity’s Older People’s Festival has been running for more than a decade and aims to encourage residents to remain active in later years.

Throughout the week, more than 200 activities have been planned for those over 50.

The celebration will kick off with an Older People’s Day, held tomorrow, with an information morning at Jarrow Community Centre, in Cambrian Street.

Doors will open from 10am until 1pm.

Visitors will be able to find out more about the range of clubs, groups and activities on offer within South Tyneside.

Advice sessions on using the internet will also be on offer throughout the week.

Festival co-ordinator Victoria Dunn said: “South Tyneside’s Older People’s Festival is an excellent opportunity to promote the importance of independence and social inclusion by providing those over 50 with inexpensive and original ideas for days out with friends and family – or even just the chance to spend an afternoon learning something new.”

Activities will run until Friday, October 9 and include day trips and social events.

It will end with a Wine and Dine Cabaret Evening at the Italian Retro in Stanhope Road. Tickets are priced £15 and include a three-course meal and a singer.

For information call the charity on 0191 456 6903.