Creativity will be on the cards

CREATIVITY is on the cards at an annual event for older people.

North Tyneside’s Age Takes Centre Stage festival for people aged over 50 will be launched on Saturday, October 1, between 10.30am and 2pm, at the Oxford Centre in West Farm Avenue, Longbenton.

To get this year’s event off to a colourful start, residents are being encouraged to take part in a postcard challenge.

They are being asked to create postcards featuring their own drawings, paintings, photographs or collages illustrating the best bits of life over the age of 50.

Residents can use blank postcards available from the Oxford Centre and Age UK’s Bradbury Centre in North Shields or make their own.

This year’s festival will be made up of more than 100 events throughout October.

Its launch event will include live music, bowls, croquet, activity workshops and free tea, coffee and scones.

David Sarin, North Tyneside Council’s older people’s champion, said: “It will be a great chance for residents over 50 to find out what events and activities will be on offer during the month of October, and we hope this year’s programme proves to be the most popular yet.”

Age Takes Centre Stage is a joint project run by organisations including the borough’s older people’s forum, the council, community healthcare forum, Churches Working Together and Age UK North Tyneside.

David Charlton, pictured, chairman of the festival planning group, said: “Our theme for this year’s festival is ‘wish you were here’, and we invite people to design their own picture postcard showing what they recommend about being over 50.

“These will be displayed at the launch event to create a colourful image of older age, acting as a backdrop to a whole range of activities from clay sculpting to croquet. It should be a fabulous day out.”

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