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Portsmouth Pensioners Association is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a tea party and a specially made cake.

Over 90 members and guests are gathering for the event tomorrow in the Harlequin restaurant at Portsmouth Guildhall.

An abundance of photos will be on display, recording some of the many events and campaigns held by the organisation and some of its oldest members are expected to deliver speeches.

The organisation was set up in 1991 by Bill Webster to represent the needs of pensioners and give them a social place to meet.

Alan Burnett, from the association, said: ‘It is amazing we have made it to 20 years because there are so many groups like ours up and down the country and they don’t all last.

‘It’s also a real sense of achievement and pride – you don’t always feel like going out to meetings, especially in the rain, but we have managed to get a good team together who are really committed and we all get on really well.

‘Hopefully we can make it another 20 years.’