A LONG-RUNNING tradition was upheld when the senior citizens from a social club had their annual day out.
The 44 pensioners who are regulars at Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club, in Easington Road, enjoyed a bus trip to Thirsk, where they had a flutter on the horses after a buffet breakfast.
While in the Yorkshire market town, the group also visited the Thirsk British Legion Club, where they have built up a rapport with club members after many visits in previous years.
The men set off from the quoit club at 9.15am and arrived back at 7.15pm for a meal and refreshments.
Club official Alan Robinson, who went on the trip, paid for by the club, said: “This trip has been going for over 60 years, it is well-established in the folklore of the club.
“It’s something our senior citizen members all look forward to.
“The weather was fantastic - we couldn’t have asked for a better day and everyone enjoyed it.
“It was a way of saying thanks to the pensioners for the service they have given to the club over the years.”
Mr Robinson said a few of the pensioners had a flutter on the races and the group also visited the Vale of York pub to bring an enjoyable day to an end.
“We bump into the same people every year,” he added.
Previous locations the group have visited include Carlisle, Beverley, Redcar, Richmond, Northumberland and Scarborough.