Mayor James Johnson was among the guests of honour as Hunstanton’s U3A group celebrated its 25th anniversary on Monday.
Sandy Thorpe, who helped set up the branch in 1991 as a community worker, joined in the celebrations along with two founder members, Sheila Rumble and Sylvia Pratt.
Sheila said: “I have seen people’s lives changed by coming to U3A; the lonely, the bereaved and those in a rut. It has transformed them.
“I remember coming to the exploratory meeting to see if there was enough interest. I wasn’t expecting a lot but there were 40 people there so a committee was formed on the spot.”
Now with a membership of over 200 the organisation goes from strength to strength and the afternoon’s tea party for 100 members was a hot-ticket occasion.
To be a member the rule is that you must no longer be in full-time employment.
Ahead of the celebration, Barbara Brown and Terry Taylor compiled a DVD of past and present members’ memories of the activities and outings that had been enjoyed over the past twenty-five years.
And Sheila Rumble’s description of visits to RAF Marham including seeing inside the Tornado cockpit and to Denver Sluice had everyone smiling.
A display of memories was mounted, the U3A choir sang and a special cake was also baked for the anniversary.
Mr Johnson said; “I am so pleased to be here today to join in this celebration of a wonderful organisation and I wish them all the best for the next 25 years.”