Se­niors still have the moves at retro tea party

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @lcmowat

PEN­SION­ERS en­joyed a Sil­ver Sun­day 1940s knees up with a lit­tle help from staff at Tesco Amer­sham and chair­man of Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil Mimi Harker OBE.

A tea party was held on Sun­day for older mem­bers of the com­mu­nity at the Pol­ish Club, in Raans Road, Amer­sham. Part of a na­tional event, ses­sions aim to pro­vide free, fun and so­cia­ble en­ter­tain­ment to make life less lonely for el­derly peo­ple.

Cllr Harker, said: “It was won­der­ful, a fan­tas­tic day. I hope a lot of peo­ple left very happy. The dance floor was packed out, there was loads of danc­ing. The mu­sic went down a storm

“There was so much good­will and sup­port. It was un­be­liev­able, peo­ple re­ally en­joyed it."

More than 100 peo­ple and 40 vol­un­teers – many of them from the Tesco Su­per­store at Amer­sham – were at the event and among the guests were the Bishop of Buck­ing­ham and the High Sher­iff.

Sil­ver Sun­day was launched in 2012 by The Sir Si­mon Milton Foun­da­tion and West min­ster coun­cil­lor Christa­bel Flights af­ter a re­port dis­cov­ered more than a third of peo­ple aged over 75 said they were lonely.

Mrs Harker is look­ing for spon­sors to make next year’s Sil­ver Sun­day event in Amer­sham a pos­si­bil­ity.

If you are in­ter­ested, email mimi.chiltern@

Singing out: (Clock­wise from above left) Ash­ley Well­berry sings; Chris Milling­ton from spon­sors Toro

UK; Mimi Harker dances with Cor­po­ral David Phillips; Eileen Nor­ris flies the flags

Good times: (Clock­wise from top left) En­ter­tain­ers pro­vided a dis­play of 1940s dance; Mimi Harker has a dance with Dale Dob­son; ATC cadet Bin­uri Wi­jesin­she serves; peo­ple fly the flag at the party

Song and a dance: (Clock­wise from top left) Bea­cons­field mayor John Read dances with Amanda Hart; Bob Higgins and part­ner swings on the dance­floor; Mim Harker duets with Bren­dan O’Sul­li­van;

cadet Harris Berthelsen dishes out the sand­wiches

Glam­orous: (Above) Vol­un­teers from Tesco helped make the event a suc­cess; (be­low left) singer Bren­dan O’Sul­li­van; (be­low right) cadet

Michael For­ward dances with Sally Over­ton

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