Bringing back memories in Silver Sunday celebrations

Sheila Barrass, 75, from Saddleworth, and Diana Runsom, 65, from Simonstone, take an interest in items that were used for weaving
Sheila Barrass, 75, from Saddleworth, and Diana Runsom, 65, from Simonstone, take an interest in items that were used for weaving
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TOYS, inkwells and annuals brought back memories for over 65s visiting a special exhibition at the Dales Countryside Museum.

The event was part of celebrations across the country for Silver Sunday, which celebrates the contribution that older people make to society.

It also aims to combat the social isolation and loneliness felt by so many over 65s by encouraging them to get out of the house and try new things and is backed by The Yorkshire Post’s Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic campaign.

Sally Howarth, information advisor at the museum, in Hawes, said the display had provoked discussion and brought back memories for visitors, which were collated by the museum for use in a future project.

Silver Sunday was first held in 2012 and was developed by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation in response to a Royal Voluntary Service survey which revealed that more than 30 per cent of people over 75 said they were ‘very lonely’ and a quarter admitted that they did not leave their homes for days on end.

Other events held in Yorkshire included a sea shanty choir in Harrogate, a tea dance in Huddersfield and zumba and 40s music in Halifax.