Deepings School pupils hold senior citizens afternoon tea

Afternoon tea for local senior citizens at The Deepings School.  From left, back, Ryan Cotterell, 14, Ariana Clark, 14, Thomas Needham, 13, Alex Curtis, 11, Bethany Wilde, 14, Megan Walker, 13, and Rose Toynton, 12. Front, Jim Collins, Doreen Wilson, Joan Parker and Melvyn Landan.'Photo: MSMP101213-011ow

Afternoon tea for local senior citizens at The Deepings School. From left, back, Ryan Cotterell, 14, Ariana Clark, 14, Thomas Needham, 13, Alex Curtis, 11, Bethany Wilde, 14, Megan Walker, 13, and Rose Toynton, 12. Front, Jim Collins, Doreen Wilson, Joan Parker and Melvyn Landan.'Photo: MSMP101213-011ow

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These youngsters helped narrow the generation gap with their “polite and enthusiastic” approach when they treated a group of senior citizens to traditional afternoon tea at The Deepings School.

The 50 pensioners were also entertained by the school’s clarinet choir with popular tunes and Christmas carols at their Park Road premises, in Deeping St James, on Friday last week.

Headteacher Chris Beckett said the annual event was an opportunity for pupils to meet and talk to senior citizens.

He added: “During assemblies our students learn about the value of community and how all age groups have an important role to play in society.

“An event such as this also enables the older generation to see how polite and enthusiastic young people can be.”

Peter Hubbard from Age Concern, who helped to co-ordinate the event, said: “On behalf of everyone we would like to thank the staff and the students for arranging this afternoon, we really appreciate the hospitality and we had a lovely afternoon.”