For the 14th consecutive year, Sir David Amess, Member of Parliament for Southend West has hosted a Tea Party for local residents aged 100 or over.
On Saturday 5th October, 10 centenarians from across the Borough met at Iveagh Hall in Leigh for a typically British afternoon. Joined by local dignitaries including the Mayor of Southend, Cllr John Lamb, attendees were treated to live music and a singalong of classic tunes. Sir David briefly interviewed each of the centenarians, many of whom spoke about their childhood memories in the 1920s.
Volunteers from the local Conservative Association, the Leigh Lions and Westcliff High School for Boys, along with many others, sacrificed their time to set up the hall, make and serve the food and tidy everything. Access Anyone kindly provided a taxi service which enabled many of the centenarians to attend.
Following the event, Sir David said “I would like to sincerely thank each of the volunteers who made today’s event possible and created such a good atmosphere for the Tea Party. This event is a highlight of my year and I consider it an honour to spend time with people who have lived such eventful lives.”