VIDEO: Anyone for tea? Mayor’s Consort holds annual At Home event

THE contribution older people make to Hartlepool was celebrated at an event thrown by a town dignitary.

The Mayor’s Consort, Christopher Akers-Belcher, combined National Older People’s Day with his annual At Home event.

Pensioners from all over town came together the bash held at The Borough Hall, on the Headland.

Guests enjoyed a tea dance, singing and live entertainment.

Coun Akers-Belcher also used the occasion to launch Hartlepool’s new Golden Pledge.

The pledge is a joint strategy developed between Hartlepool Borough Council, the 50 Plus Forum and Hartlepool Healthwatch team to develop activities to improve older people’s health and well being.

Coun Akers-Belcher said: “It was a really successful event. Everyone absolutely loved it and kept asking me when I was having another one as they enjoyed it so much.

“We had quite a cross section of groups from all across the town who attended.”
More than 250 people attended the event after invites went out through the 50 Plus Forum to older people’s organisations, carers and individuals.

It was well supported by representatives from Age Concern and numerous sheltered housing schemes.

The At Home event is when one day in the civic calender is devoted to an event staged by the mayor’s partner.