Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Intergenerational Tea Party

The generation gap was well and truly crossed last week when Solihull Council held an Intergenerational Tea Party in the Studio at Solihull Arts Complex.

As part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Council’s Neighbourhood Services team organised the event with the aim of bringing the generations together at this historic time.

Young and old who have done something special for the borough were invited, so that they could share their experiences and enjoy a ‘thank you’ as well.

The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Hawkins, was in attendance, along with 91 year-old charity wing walker Tom Lackey, environmental Champions of all ages, young Park Rangers, residents’ group leaders and people celebrating special anniversaries. 

Guests were greeted on arrival by various ‘characters’, including a spiv, a teddy boy, Marilyn Monroe, Britannia and various members of the armed forces.

Also in attendance were the recent competition winners for the design of the shields on the Malvern Park gates, as well as David Dunster, who had originally created the gates in the 1950s and had travelled all the way from Scotland to attend the event.

The Mayor, who arrived on his second day of Mayoral duties to applause, said, “I’d like to thank the very special people who are here today, many of whom I know have done some fantastic work for charity.  I’d also like to congratulate the event organisers for uniting the generations for this occasion.  What better opportunity to prove that all young people aren’t troublemakers and all older people aren’t old fogies.”

Tea was served, and there was plenty of bunting and union jacks to make the occasion feel sufficiently patriotic.

Guests were also treated to energetic dances from Lawrie’s School of Dance, based at St. Andrew’s Church in Chelmsley Wood.  The school provides dance lessons for ages 3 to 63 in ballet, tap, theatre craft, acrobatics, freestyle and adult tap. 

Other entertainment included a quiz with various jubilee-themed prizes, and Dudley-based musical duo Mellow Peaches, who treated the guests to some rousing renditions on their guitar, kazoo and mandolin.

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