Pensioners turn back the clock to celebrate 10th anniversary

Happy Birthday: Chorley Pensioners Association (from left), Steve Turner, Margaret Moore, Virginia Jones, Keith Warren MBE and David Brown.

Happy Birthday: Chorley Pensioners Association (from left), Steve Turner, Margaret Moore, Virginia Jones, Keith Warren MBE and David Brown.

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Chorley Pensioners’ Association celebrated its 10th anniversary at its Annual General Meeting held at St George’s Hall on Friday.

A large turn-out celebrated the occasion with cake, a large balloon and speeches from Lindsay Hoyle MP and Steve Turner, Secretary of Chorley and District TUC, who had helped set up the association.

There was also a trip down memory lane, with Alan Fairclough presenting to the society a banner from an old pensioners’association, in which his father had served as President, from the 1960s.

Mr Fairclough said: “The banner seemed to have disappeared. I’ve been church hall manager here 12 years and I’d never seen it.

“Then it just came to light in the loft recently.”

In his speech Mr Hoyle paid tribute to pensioners as the generation who rebuilt the country after WW2.

He said: “It is your day, you’ve made the difference and given pensioners a voice.”

Mr Turner told how the organisation had come into fruition after being told on the election trail that there was no forum for old people in Chorley to have their views heard.

He said: “It is very active putting forward pensioners’ issues. It needs dedication, from those who run it and attend the meetings.

“Unlike other groups, such as Age Concern, it is run by pensioners; that’s the beauty of it.”

With an average attendance at its meetings of around 40, the Chorley Pensioners’ Association continues to go from strength to strength.

Secretary David Brown said: “I am on a couple of national associations and a regular attendance of 40 at pensioners’ meetings is quite exceptional.

He added: “It doesn’t have to do what it’s told or comply. It is very well connected, and the information it gets enables it to do so well, keeping pensioners informed with what’s going on and why.”