Silver celebrations for Hunstanton U3A group

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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.”