Tottenham has sent its largest ever group of older people to the Pensioners’ Parliament.
The annual three-day event takes place in Blackpool and is organised by the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) as a forum for finding out the concerns of pensioners at a grassroots level.
Over three days residents of the Tottenham and Wood Green Branch of the Haringey Pensioners Action Group enjoyed debates in the day and a host of networking and social events including dancing at the famous Winter Gardens in the evening.
“I’ve never been before but really enjoyed myself,” said Tottenham resident Joyce Arthur. “There was a coachload of us from our branch and the Islington one and I learned a lot while having a good time socially. Some people think, ‘we are pensioners; we had better stick indoors’ but it’s great to go out and discover new things. It’s also important to keep the government on its toes and maintain pressure to ensure they don’t backslide over such things as free bus passes. In attending the parliament I think I played my part.”
The large attendance from Tottenham was due in no small part to a special visit from the NPC’s deputy general secretary, Dot Gibson, who encouraged members to come along.
“There were so many requests we had to get a bigger coach!” said Dot, laughing. “It was a big development to have so many people from the Tottenham and Wood Green branch and was very encouraging. On the way back I asked who would want to come along next year and everyone said, ‘Yes’!”
The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the Tottenham Green Leisure Centre. If you would like to become a member contact Cllr Sheila Peacock on: Sheila.Peacock@haringey.gov.uk
For more details about the National Pensioners Convention go to: www.npcuk.org (external link)
* Photograph by Stephen Furner (Tottenham Photography Club)