Staying in shape over 50

Low Simonside Community Centre is holding a health and well being day as part of the Older People's festival. Mayor and mayoress Richard and Patricia Porthouse get hand massage
Low Simonside Community Centre is holding a health and well being day as part of the Older People's festival. Mayor and mayoress Richard and Patricia Porthouse get hand massage

The health of South Tyneside’s over-50s was thrown under the spotlight at a special event.

Low Simonside community centre in Taunton Avenue opened its doors yesterday to host a health and wellbeing day.

The event was part of the Older People’s Festival run by charity Age UK.

Throughout the day visitors were able to take part in fitness activities and pampering sessions.

Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, who attended the event, said: “It was a pleasure to attend the Health and Wellbeing day and to see so many residents try out something new from yoga and sewing to sculpture and even gardening.

“It was encouraging to see residents taking part in health checks and learning more about how they can improve their health and wellbeing by leading an active lifestyle.”

Events continue tomorrow with a wine and dine cabaret evening at the Italian Retro, tickets are £15, a jewellery making sessions at Hebburn Library at 10am, Tai Chi at St Paul’s and St John’s Church at 1.30pm, cost £2.