Pensioners pour in for over-73s tea

TOP HAT AND TUBA -- Ian Young, of the Rotary Club, provided the entertainment. He is pictured with pensioners (from left) Hilda Mawbey, Agnes Severn and Audrey Murden

TOP HAT AND TUBA -- Ian Young, of the Rotary Club, provided the entertainment. He is pictured with pensioners (from left) Hilda Mawbey, Agnes Severn and Audrey Murden

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THE KETTLE went on and pensioners poured into the Central Methodist Church for Hucknall’s eagerly-awaited over-73s tea.

The annual event was again organised by the Hucknall Rotary and Inner Wheel clubs.

Anyone aged 73 or over was invited on a first-come, first-served basis, up to a capacity of 100 at the venue on Baker Street.

This year, more than 80 turned out, with the oldest being 94-year-old Dorothy Leyland.

Entertainment was provided by Hucknall Rotary’s senior vice-president, Ian Young, who donned a top hat and played the tuba before leading a singalong. He also performed magic tricks.

Another Rotarian, Alan Johnson, led a bingo session.

The event has been brightening up the pensioners’ lives since the dark days of the Second World War and for many, it is a rare opportunity for them to renew their acquaintance with school friends of many years ago.

The guests enjoyed a meat-salad tea, followed by peaches and cream and fancy cakes.

The food was prepared by the Inner Wheel ladies, with the Rotarians acting as waiters to serve up cups of tea.

Rotarian Peter Sherlock said: “Everyone in the town looks forward to the event every year. It is one of the first things that goes on the calendar.”