Around 70 one-hundred-year-olds have attended a special party at The Alnwick Garden this afternoon to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.
The free event, which attracted centenarians from around the North East for lunch and entertainment, was hosted by The Garden’s Elderberries Programme.
Guests included 107-year-old Connie Mossman, from Amble, Gladys Steele, 100, from Abbeyfield House, Warkworth, and 101-year-olds Eva Stanforth and Gladys Angus, from Longframlington and Alnwick respectively.
The partygoers were treated to a two-course meal and music from the Stu Collingwood Band and award-winning One Voice choir.
The Elderberries programme is supported by the Stuart Halbert Foundation and John Adamson of Ramside Estates. The scheme aims to address loneliness, isolation and financial hardship among older people living in Northumberland.
By offering local people access to events, services and activities including exercise classes, online skills courses and health talks, the project aims to promote a healthy, fulfilled quality of life.
Project assistant, Karen Hedley, said: “We believe everyone should be able to live to 100 years old, and beyond, in the knowledge that they will have a happy, healthy, fulfilled quality of life, free from loneliness and isolation.”