Centenarians’ from Southend and the surrounding areas enjoyed an afternoon of tea, cake and sing-a-long musical entertainment at the Annual Centenarians’ Tea Party on Sunday 7th October. The party, which was hosted by local MP Sir David Amess, was held at Iveagh Hall in Leigh-on-Sea.
The annual event, in its 13th year, saw a number of local residents aged 100 and over get together in an attempt to break the world record for the largest gathering of centenarians.
A number of local dignitaries were in attendance including the Mayors of Southend and Castle Point who both spoke about their duties in office. An army of volunteers from local organisations such as the Royal British Legion and Leigh Lions helped out at the party as well as sixth form students from Westcliff High School for Boys.
Throughout the afternoon, guests tucked into plenty of cake and sandwiches before participating in a sing-a-long to old war songs and other classics. Sir David was glad to see many centenarians at the party who have attended in previous years as well as a number of new faces.
Sir David said:
“This year’s Centenarians’ Tea Party was a resounding success. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces as well as some new centenarians who were attending for the first time.
“I am incredibly grateful to all of those who volunteered on the day to help put on a delightful tea party for our special guests. As ever it was inspiring to hear from our local centenarians about their life stories.
“In the year that we are about to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, it was a particular pleasure to once again have so many centenarians attend our annual tea party to share with those present what they had done throughout their lives. Those who had been servicewomen and servicemen we owe so much to. Without their sacrifices we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the freedoms which we do today.”