Fareham pensioners are treated to ping pong premiere

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THE red carpet was rolled out at a care home for a special showing of an inspirational film which features pensioners playing ping pong.

A care home held a Champagne reception to show you are never too old for gold and to welcome the Mayor of Fareham.

SMASHING From left, residents Jean Pardoe and Ronald Jackson, The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Susan Bayford, Jimmy Rae, and Geraint Williams from the home. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132878-1)

SMASHING From left, residents Jean Pardoe and Ronald Jackson, The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Susan Bayford, Jimmy Rae, and Geraint Williams from the home. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132878-1)

Parker Meadows Care Home, on Redlands Lane, Fareham, wanted to show the film to its residents to prove that age really is no barrier.

Ping Pong is a British film which follows eight pensioners, with 703 years between them, as they compete in the World Championships. One competitor, Dorothy DeLow, from Australia, is an incredible 100 years old.

The film has received international acclaim and caught the attention of care home manager Geraint Williams, who wanted to share it with the residents.

Mr Williams said: ‘The video was produced to dispel the myths that old people can’t have fun.’

‘One of the things we like to do here is really get behind the residents, have some fun and find an excuse for a party. Every day can be a party day.’

Husband and wife, Ron and Beryl Johnson, enjoyed the film and got stuck in to the buffet afterwards.

Mr Johnson, 79, also had a game on the ping pong table.

He said: ‘I used to play a mean game when I was young.’

Mayor of Fareham Cllr Susan Bayford was the guest of honour and had a front row seat.

She said: ‘I thought it was absolutely fantastic.

‘It was nail biting, exciting, happy, just exhilarating... it is a message to everybody.’

After the screening, a ping pong table was set up for residents to have a game, and the mayor’s consort Cllr Brian Bayford gave it his best shot.

He said: ‘It has inspired me to go back and do some exercise.’

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