Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Turned out Nice Again for Pensioners

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Turned out Nice Again for Pensioners

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON @Daverobson_gaz

WITH his little banjo-ukulele in his hand, George Formby tribute performer Paul Casper took 200 pensioners on a lunchtime trip down memory lane in Redcar.

And how his audience loved it! Coatham Memorial Hall played host to its latest "inter-generational day" yesterday, where lunchtime concerts are put on especially for older people.

In the latest, around 200 old folk sat down for a free lunch and a nostalgic sing-song in an event organised by the Redcar Development Trust.

It's part of the charity's ongoing commitment to put on community events in the hall.

Any pensioner can attend - and it's all free.

But Trust founder Frankie Wales admits it's getting harder to source funds to pay for them.

He said: "They don't cost a lot to put on in the scheme of things - today only cost us about PS500 - but we've got 200 older people out there having a great time, and that's invaluable.

"They come here, have a cup of tea, a dance and a chat... they can have a really good day out and a sing-song, but we don't charge them anything.

"Sometimes, when we ask the people who come along what else they'd be doing, they tell us "nothing much, I don't see many people" or "this is the only time I get to go anywhere." That makes it really worthwhile, but it is difficult to find the funds."

It costs the Trust PS25,000 a year to run its five-day-a-week social programme which, as well as inter-gen-erational days, features a soup and sandwich club, keep fit, afternoon tea dances, light exercise classes and even occasional trips out to places like Beamish. …

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