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D-Day 70: Gosport club remembers D-Day with tea party and talk

Members of social and wellbeing clubs in Gosport came together for an afternoon of celebrations and entertainment as part of the D-Day 70 commemorations. 

Picture: Sarah Standing (141750-114)

Members of social and wellbeing clubs in Gosport came together for an afternoon of celebrations and entertainment as part of the D-Day 70 commemorations. Picture: Sarah Standing (141750-114)

JOINING in with the D-Day commemorations, a club for the elderly held a special afternoon event.

Brendoncare, based at Club Hampshire, in Gosport, marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day with an afternoon tea party.

Around 80 people packed into the hall to enjoy tea, cakes, sandwiches and jelly and icecream.

They also had entertainment from a singer and a talk about the Second World War and what it was like to fight in it by former soldier, Dale Johnson.

And the members, who go to the club during the week, had a great afternoon with the volunteers at the centre.

Sue Hope, from Gosport, said: ‘It was a great afternoon and I really enjoyed it.

‘I come here regularly on a Thursday and the Thursday club held our own commemorations on June 5. But it was nice having all the members here to mark the anniversary together.

‘It was nice to see so many people turn up.

‘The volunteers did a great job decorating the hall and setting everything up.

‘They are great people and really lovely. They help us a lot.’

The hall was decorated with flags, bunting and posters which would have appeared during the Second World War.

Rene Broadbank enjoyed seeing all the decorations and had a lovely afternoon.

The 76-year-old, who has volunteered in Gosport for more than 50 years, said: ‘The afternoon was great. My favourite part was seeing friends and spending time with the people who come to the centre on different days.

‘The singer was lovely too.’

The D-Day commemorations were organised with Brendoncare and Age UK and representatives from the charity attended.

Alan Young, a club volunteer, said: ‘We had loads of people turn up for the day which is great.

‘It isn’t often that we get all the different day clubs together for one event so it was really nice.

‘Everyone had a lot of fun and the talk from Dale was interesting. He could relate to a lot of the members who may have lived through the war.’

Brendoncare runs a series of activities for older people at Club Hampshire, on The Anchorage, off Willis Road. See the centre for more details.

 

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