City salutes aged folk for contribution
YOU may find Grandma and Grandad are too busy to visit this week.
Ipswich is celebrating its seniors for their contribution to family and the community with various events held across the city in their honour.
The initiative coincides with Seniors Week, which runs from August 17 to 25.
As part of the celebrations, hundreds of mature-age residents gathered at the Ipswich Showgrounds yesterday for a fun-filled variety day.
The event featured a seniors expo with more than 40 stallholders, free morning tea and live entertainment.
Booval grandmother Lorna Hobson said the day was a great chance for elderly residents to get out and about and socialise with each other.
She said the older generation should be respected and revered for their position in life and all the voluntary work they regularly took part in.
Other events this week will include morning teas, a cinema day, a musical performance and a safety workshop.
Youth and seniors committee chairwoman Sheila Ireland said it was important to acknowledge older people for their contribution to society.
"Many seniors do volunteer work for numerous projects that would otherwise happen without their help," she said.
"We really value our older generation, who have such a wealth of knowledge and certainly know how to enjoy themselves."
For more detail on Seniors Week events phone 3810 6646.