Some 140 pensioners enjoyed a splendid tea at Uckfield Community Technology College on Saturday, as part of their annual party arranged by the Uckfield Rotary Club.
Many were transported to the party by Rotarians, who made sure they had a cup of tea on arrival. Martin Bramley’s excellent piano playing entertained guests, while Kevin Morton’s conjuring kept them bemused and guessing at their tables.
Keith Allen again led a magnificent dancing display, including performances from youngsters from his dancing classes, then invited guests on to the floor for a group dance.
As well as the older guests, younger people were very much involved – the food was prepared and served by Uckfield Guides, while students from the college, under the supervision of Sarah Hall, sat with guests and ensured they had a good time.
During the afternoon, small presentations were made to Mary Grace and Vi Perrin, to recognise their 100th birthdays, and to Ron and Kath Wenham, celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary.
Most members of the Rotary Club and their wives were involved in planning and running the party, with the arrangements held together by Ric Toovey. As always, Master of Ceremonies Clive Cooper ensured everything ran smoothly. The raffle raised over £200, which will be donated to the Lions Club to help towards their purchase of a new mini-bus.
This party was for many years held before Christmas, until heavy snow one December meant it was postponed to the end of January. Many guests remarked this was a more convenient time to have the party, so it has stayed.