All Our Yesteryears at Civic Hall

Around 300 people were at the Civic Hall, Blackshots, recently to enjoy a trip back in time.

Following the success of the previous three Yesteryears events — 1940s, 50s and 60s — it was no surprise that the decade in focus on Friday was the 1970s, boosted by live band Disco Inferno.

The aim behind Yesteryears is to provide Thurrock Council’s sheltered housing with a platform to promote the service and an opportunity for tenant participation and sheltered housing to work jointly with tenants.

Cllr Andy Smith, who opened Friday’s event, said: “The perception of sheltered housing in the past has not been that of independent living, but more of a residential care setting.

“Our aim has been to integrate tenants with potential tenants to provide a clear understanding of what the sheltered housing service provides and emphasise the independence the service can provide.”

He said: “We have widened tenant participation with the inclusion of Grays Riverside tenants who provided an excellent buffet for the last two years. Monty (Lesley Kirby) and her team worked all day and all night to ensure the tenants had a great selection of food and plenty of it.

“Her team was a multi spectrum of ages who had fun in the photo booth at the end of the evening.”

Among other “guests” at the Civic Hall were Mayor and Mayoress, Councillors Charlie and Wendy Curtis and 101-year-old Percy Hounsell from Frederick Andrews Court — an excellent example of how independent living with support can promote longevity.

Percy has been at Frederick Andrews for over 20 years and in this time he has been an active complex member tending to all the gardens, Percy still finds time for gardening.

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