THE older generation were centre stage in Westbury on Monday when organisations came together to put on a fair and buffet lunch in The Laverton.

The Celebrating Older People event run by Age UK and Wiltshire Council saw around 60 people from Westbury and the surrounding area come together for the afternoon.

Funded by Westbury Area Board, the fair raised awareness about the help available for the older generation, as well as celebrating their contribution to the community.

Various organisations including Age UK, the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, Public Health, Alzheimer’s Support, the Fire Service, Westbury Shed, Crosspoint and an independent therapist set up stalls to offer help and advice about services they offer which are especially relevant to older people.

Live music was performed by Jerry Wickham and Julian Kirby of Wiltshire Music and guests enjoyed a buffet lunch.

Age UK area manager Pippa Webster said: “We had a really good turnout, which we were pleased about.

“There were several information stands around the room which were of help to the elderly people who were seeking advice or looking for information.

“However, the main aim was celebrating elderly people and getting them together so they could socialise with people they may not have met before and have a nice lunch together.

“It helps defeat isolation and loneliness as some elderly people do not get to go out much.

“It was just a one-off event but we had such great feedback and everyone had a great time.

“If we can get funding again then it would be great to hold another event.”