Older People were the centre of attention at Hopfest last Friday which was hosted by United St Saviour’s Charity at Hopton Gardens Almshouses in SE1.

This Older People’s festival was attended by residents from the UStSC almhouses as well as guests from Blackfriars Settlement and other local neighbours. The revellers were served Pimms and champagne cream teas by local volunteers whilst enjoying a range of live music from older performers. First up were Feeling the Noise, a group of visually-impaired musicians who got the party started with a mix of old and new tunes to get people dancing. This was followed by Shamus’s Band who played a selection of swing tunes as well as regaling two of the guests who were celebrating their birthdays that day.

United St Saviour’s were supported by Mint Street Festival, who provided the gazebos and garden furniture, and Blackfriars Settlement who organised a large team of volunteers to provide the catering and serve lunches on the day.

Shamus Dark, who performed at this event and is also a resident at Hopton Gardens almshouses, said “well we were reasonably lucky with the weather and I think everyone had a good time. Thanks for allowing me to perform with some wonderful musicians – I hope we can do it again some day!”

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