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St Luke's District Infant Welfare Mother's Club at Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire, celebrating 50 years since the group started.

St Luke's District Infant Welfare Mother's Club at Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire, celebrating 50 years since the group started.

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A LONG-STANDING mums group has celebrated five decades since its birth.

The St Luke’s District Infant Welfare Mother’s Club started out 50 years ago by a group of new Hartlepool mums, and is still going strong today.

To celebrate its milestone birthday the group went on a trip out to Nunnington Hall, in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, where 33 of the ladies explored the grounds and the huge house of the tourist attraction before stopping off at nearby Brompton for a three-course meal.

And the birthday trip was all paid for after the group received a £400 cash windfall from the Sir James Knott Trust, a charity which helps local groups in the North-East of England.

Maureen Ledington, one of the members, contacted the Mail to share news of the big day with readers.

She said: “It was a fantastic day and everybody had a lovely time.

“Nunnington Hall was gorgeous and the three-course meal we had was really something else, it was delicious.

“It was a lovely trip out that we will all remember forever.

“The fact that we were celebrating the group’s 50th birthday as well just made it all the more special.”

The mother’s club has been meeting on a weekly basis for five decades, and now holds get-togethers in The Flagship, in Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street.

Maureen said it started when the doctors and nurses from the Infant Welfare Hall, where people used to take their new babies to be weighed, encouraged ladies to push other mums prams while they listened to health talks.

“It transpired from there really and they soon opened up in a school hall and started a weekly meeting,” said Maureen, from the town centre area.

“We are really proud to be part of this club and we even have some original founding members that still come along, about four or five of them. You don’t find many clubs of that age around!”