Thanet’s primary event celebrating ageing in Thanet brought in the crowds last week as well over 500 people attended Silver Sunday at the iconic Dreamland Amusement Park.
Older people’s wellbeing festival by Thanet Volunteer Bureau and Dreamland draws the plaudits.
Silver Sunday, tying into a nationwide network of events taking place on the same day (7 October), provided an action-packed afternoon of dancing, entertainment and activities, all aimed at promoting the health and wellbeing of the isle’s older residents.
The impressive, eleven-piece Piccadilly Dance Orchestra accompanied renowned dancers Ms Tequila Slammer Anna and Guests in a Tea Dance to remember, as free demonstrations and classes in the Tango, Paso-Doble and Waltz were on offer for 120 lucky residents.
But the event provided much more besides. A variety of light physical activities ran throughout the afternoon, from chair-based exercises and “Strictly” fit-steps, to “Vogue-Chi” – dancing without the usual inhibitions.
An information market place, situated in the beautifully restored Grade 2* listed Ballroom, opened up access to various Thanet-based services and community organisations, and the Ballroom also hosted a wealth of arts and craft based workshops, including the popular “Give A Bag Some Life” – a fundraising initiative by the Thanet Good Neighbours (befriending) Service involving decorating blank canvas bags which will be auctioned off to raise money for the project.
There was a strong heritage element, too, with Dreamland Trust providing tours of the Scenic Railway which brought back happy memories for many of the visitors, and the inimitable Ralph Hoult (“Mr Ramsgate”) entertaining attendees with his “Old Thanet: A Trip Down Memory Lane” talk including historical photos and motion footage of the local area.
Thanet Volunteer Bureau project coordinator Chris Scutt said:
“We were absolutely delighted to be able to bring Silver Sunday to Dreamland this year, and were bowled over by the number of visitors who came through the doors and told us they had fun whilst learning more about all the leisure opportunities and support services available in Thanet”.
We cannot thank Dreamland, the performers, guest speakers, charity partners, our funders the Big Lottery Fund, the volunteers and visitors enough – all of whom were fundamental to the event’s success”.
Dreamland education and community officer Victoria Barrow-Williams said:
“The Silver Sunday event, which was co-produced with Thanet Volunteer Bureau at Dreamland, was a huge success! Local partners came together to promote activities within Thanet that encourage socialising and getting out of the house.
The day saw over 500 attendees come along to enjoy an afternoon tea dance, a live orchestra, singing, and much more! Dreamland is extremely proud to support Silver Sunday, which is such an important national initiative, and we’re looking forward to working on more events in the future”.
If you were not able to make Silver Sunday last week, fear not. You can find out more about the social and leisure activities available for older people in Thanet, as well as support services on offer, by calling Thanet Volunteer Bureau on 01843 609336, or by visiting www.thanetsupport.co.uk.
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