Tea party marks charity’s 50th anniversary

The Countess of Southesk was guest of honour.

The Countess of Southesk was guest of honour.

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The Angus branch of Contact the Elderly celebrated the charity’s Golden Jubilee with a tea party recently at Brechin Castle Centre.

The ‘Big FifTEA’ party was just one of hundreds of celebrations nationally, with over 5,000 older people and volunteers across the UK celebrating the work of Contact the Elderly over the last fifty years.

The charity aims to relieve the acute loneliness of isolated older people aged 75 and over, by organising monthly Sunday tea parties.

Volunteers and guests were welcomed to the party by 11-year-old piper Murray O’May and the Countess of Southesk, as Deputy Lieutenant of Angus, was guest of honour. Everyone was treated to a wonderful afternoon tea, the centrepiece of which was a cake made by Montrose Group volunteer Cathy Ferguson

Jean Malcolm, Contact the Elderly area organiser for Angus, said: “Every month I see the difference that the tea parties we hold here in Montrose, Brechin, Forfar and Kirriemuir make to local older people who are lonely and isolated. I would urge local people to support Contact the Elderly in any way they can.”