Barking and Dagenham set to celebrate its older people

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 September 2015

Cllr Maureen Worby

Cllr Maureen Worby

Barking and Dagenham Council

The elderly are invited to enjoy a free week of stories, sewing and self-defence classes in celebration of Older People’s Day.

There will be aqua aerobics, yoga, boccia and other activities on offer, all aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and physical exercise.

There will also be opportunities for mental exercise as authors Duncan Barrett and Nula Calvi – who co-wrote The Sugar Girls, a book about the girls who worked at Tate & Lyle in Silvertown during the 1940s and 50s – deliver talks about their writings.

The week begins on Monday, September 28 and concludes on Older People’s Day, which is on Sunday, October 4.

On the Thursday Barking Town Square will host the main event, with Zumba Gold, tai chi and line dancing among a range of physical demonstrations on offer.

Cllr Maureen Worby, cabinet member for adult social care and health and chair of the borough’s health and wellbeing board, said: “Older people in Barking and Dagenham are truly valued.

“They have given and continue to give a great deal to our borough and deserve this week of events.

“Not only are we celebrating their contribution to our community, but also making sure that they have the best possible information, services, advice and support available when they need it.”

For more information, call 020 8227 3376 or email

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