Happy event at creative arts festival

Some of those who attended the creative arts festival.

Some of those who attended the creative arts festival.

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AN OLDER People’s Creative Arts Festival was held for member groups of Age Scotland from across the south west last week in Stranraer.

The event was organised by development officers Morag Halliday and Heather Baillie in the North West Castle Spa Hotel, Stranraer owned by Hammy and Janet McMillan who were celebrating their 50th year of hospitality at the hotel.

Over 115 older people joined in to celebrate ‘being older’, from as far afield as Annan, Penpont, Cumnock, West Kilbride and Stevenson, Ayrshire.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to participate in Indian dance led by Karen Watts from Dance Ihayami, community singing sessions led by West Wigtownshire U3A, with many members taking the opportunity to experience curling on the hotel’s own ice rink.

Others tried their hand at creating floral art led by Kate Kerr, Dalbeattie Floral Club. Jackie and Colin from Castle Douglas IT Centre were busy throughout the day giving demonstrations on computer and digital usage.

The queue for the opportunity to have a free massage, Indian head massage and Reiki was neverending throughout the day.

The Women of the World Group from Eastriggs took the opportunity to display their knitting which is donated across the world to various causes and Donald Reid from Barrmill Jolly Beggars Group in North Ayrshire took the opportunity to promote and talk about the book that they wrote and had published entitled “The Lost Mining Villages of Doon Valley” assisted by a grant from Age Scotland.

Kingholm Quay Wednesday Club produced an anagram quiz which they sold for £1 and raised £76 for Age Scotland, and Morag Fraser, Lochside Thursday Club, Dumfries led a short Irish Bingo session (no pens required)!

The hotel was buzzing with chatter, laughter and singing during our four hours of fun activities. Members were also delighted to take away their new Age Scotland Hot Tips Calendars.

Diana Findlay, South Trustee said: “It was a very happy event, and everyone I spoke to was having fun trying out new activities and meeting new people. Some members were enjoying themselves so much that one lady said “Why does it have to end”. All of the floral art pieces created were gifted amongst our demonstrators, hotel and the local Galloway Community Hospital.