A popular group for the over 50s has celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special tea party.
The Hastings and St Leonards Seniors’ Forum gathered at the Azur sun lounge at Marina in St Leonards on August 6.
Mayor Bruce Dowling opened the event which was also attended by Keith Ridley, editor-in-chief of the Hastings Observer and Pam Brown, Forum president, who cut a special cake.
MP Amber Rudd read out a speech and praised the forum for its busy activities in the town – and joked that following a recent birthday she was now of an age to join the over 50s organisation
Chairman Ann Lowndes told the gathering: “The forum aims to represent the interests of the over 50s in all areas. We’ve been involved with a number of issues over the years across the whole range of matters that affect members.”
Ann detailed recent campaigns including the retention of the Isobel Blackman Centre and said the forum was currently involved with setting up a Dementia Action Alliance.
And she highlighted activities on the lighter side of life, such as the craft fair at Azur on October 1.
Following large helpings of sandwiches and cakes served at flower decorated tables, the Parkin Songsters sang a number of old favourites.
The forum is the first of its kind in East Sussex. Set up by John Appleyard in 2004, the forum has been representing the views and opinions of the over 50s in Hastings and St Leonards for the past decade.
It now has more than 1,000 members. It also runs various events for its members including coffee mornings and activity evenings.