Successful Older People’s Week

The second of the teas in the Arbroath Royal British Legion on Thursday to mark Old Folks week
The second of the teas in the Arbroath Royal British Legion on Thursday to mark Old Folks week

Age CONCERN Arbroath has just completed a very successful Older People’s Week. Teas were served to almost 200 senior citizens at the Arbroath Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms, Helen Street, on Monday and Thursday.

The company was welcomed by Paddy Quinlan on Monday and, at the second sitting by Derek Scott. Georgina Ogilvy and her team prepared the meals which were served by the ladies and members of the Branch. Laura Taylor and her friends May, Mary and Wattie provided musical entertainment following the meals.

On Tuesday around 80 people made their way to the Old & Abbey Church for a lovely evening of music and verse provided by In Harmony Ladies Choir under their conductor Vicki Whyte. Soloists were Janet Williamson and Eileen Craig and a reading about old times was read by Marlene Kear. Alice Menmuir was accompanist.

On Wednesday members of The Rotary Club of Arbroath took senior citizens for a drive before treating them to tea at the Legion. Entertainment was provided by Rotary members Ian Grimmond and Tony Simpson.

The final event, a concert in the Old & Abbey Church on Friday, given by Arbroath Male Voice Choir was also attended by a large number of seniors who enjoyed a memorable evening of song. In the absence of their accompanist Sheena Guthrie, choir conductor, accompanied the gentlemen. Choir soloists were Douglas Cant and Duncan Hunter. Guest soloist was Maggie Findlay who sang several pieces which Lesley Garret had sung with them at their annual concert and a jaunty rendition of ‘River Clyde’.

The final item was ‘You’ll never walk alone’ which brought not only the concert to a close but also a memorable Older People’s Week.

Chairman of Age Concern Arbroath Mo Morrison said the week had been absolutely tremendous and added her thanks to all who had helped in any way including the entertainers, the Legion ladies and gentlemen for the superb meals and the Meadowbank Inn who made the ‘pokies’ for the concert.

Greeting cards were sent to all residential homes, nursing homes and Arbroath & Little Cairnie hospitals wishing residents and patients every good wish for Older People’s Week.

The next venture on the calendar of Age Concern Arbroath is a bag packing day at Morrisons supermarket on Thursday December 20.