Fun on tap for city senior citizens

hands on: Instructor Muriel Harrison with senior citizens at The Alexandra, Grangetown.
hands on: Instructor Muriel Harrison with senior citizens at The Alexandra, Grangetown.
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SENIOR citizens celebrated International Older Persons Day in style.

From dancing to cooking, pensioners took part in a range of activities at The Alexandra, in Grangetown, to help improve their confidence and skills.

They were also treated to a performance from Muriel Harrison’s ladies tap dancing group, which is a troupe made up of mature dancers.

Gemma Carrick, activities and events co-ordinator at housing group Gentoo, said: “The idea of the day was to bring our communities together and celebrate their past, present and future.

“The aim was for everyone to try new things, increase people’s confidence, skills and knowledge, whilst having fun and meeting people.

“The day was a massive success and ended with everyone getting together for a mass tap dancing session which was fantastic.”

Workshops included a cooking demonstration focusing on healthy eating and cooking on a budget.

There was also a local history talk from Beamish Museum, Age UK advised on courses available to older people and primary care trust carried out a smoothie- making and exotic fruit-tasting session.

In the run up to the event, residents had taken part in mini International Older Persons Day events in their housing schemes.

This involved a “Come Dine With Me” experience as well as a “Bushtucker” trial where people were able to try new and exciting food.