Month-long festival returns for over 50s

Mayor Norma Redfearn.
Mayor Norma Redfearn.

A popular festival packed with activities and events for the over 50s is returning next month.

Age Takes Centre Stage is returning for its 20th anniversary with a programme specially designed to give older residents the chance to try out new activities with the focus on friendship and fun.

The month-long festival starts on October 1 and includes Meet the Author events, coffee mornings, tea dances, presentations, badminton, swimming, yoga and archery.

The festival is a joint project between North Tyneside Council and Age UK North Tyneside.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This festival is a great opportunity for the over 50s to have fun trying out new activities and meeting new friends.

“It’s a varied programme with something to suit all ages – whether you’re in your fifties, sixties, seventies or eighties.”

There will also be an awards ceremony hosted by Age UK North Tyneside and DFDS Seaways.

Alma Caldwell, chief executive at Age UK North Tyneside, said: “Nominating a group or individual for an Age Takes Centre Stage Award is a great way to give older people the recognition they deserve for the many ways that they help to make our communities better places to live.

“The Awards Ceremony in October is always an uplifting morning and everyone who is nominated is invited and congratulated for what they do.”

Anyone can make a nomination, forms can be downloaded from the Age UK North Tyneside website www.ageuk.org.uk/northtyneside

The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 25.

Alma added: “We are grateful to DFDS for their long standing support and hospitality provided in hosting this event on board ship each year.”

For more information, pick up a free festival programme or nomination form from any North Tyneside Library, North Tyneside Council venue or Age UK Centre in North Tyneside.