Date published: 19 November 2018
Happy Birthday Prince Charles
Residents in West Lindsey wished the Prince of Wales a very Happy 70th Birthday at a special tea party held at the Guildhall in Gainsborough.
More than a dozen people aged 70 and over were treated to tea and a vast array of cakes at the event hosted by the Chairman of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr Pat Mewis.
The event, held in the council chamber, was to celebrate the milestone birthday of Prince Charles, and to give the guests the opportunity to meet and get to know some new people of their own age group from the Community.
This seemed to really work as very soon everyone was chatting away swapping ideas, stories and information about their lives in retirement.
Cllr Mewis welcomed all the guests to the event, and described it as a ‘very enjoyable afternoon’
She said: “It has been really good and was valued by all the people who attended. It was a great excuse for people to come together to celebrate Prince Charles’ birthday.”
The Vice Chairman of the council, Cllr Steve England, thanked everyone for taking part in the special event.
He said: “Many of our guests said they do not get out very often and they loved the opportunity to interact with others. Many wished there were more opportunities like this in which to do so.
“I am thrilled we were able to host the event. It was wonderful to listen to people in our district and have a chat over a cup of tea and some cake.”
As previously reported, the Prince turned 70 on 14 November. Jeffrey Long and his wife Teresa of Gainsborough were among the guests at the event.
Mr Long said: “It is not often that we get out and we are both delighted to be here today. We thought it would be nice to go to and get some local interaction.”
Carol Syrett and her husband Roy was delighted to join in the celebrations.
Mrs said: “I was born and bred in Gainsborough and we thought the tea party would be a great opportunity to get out the house. We also thought we might meet up with some old school friends at the same time.”
Mary Cook of Morton said if she had to pick a favourite royal it would be Prince Charles or Princess Anne.
She said: “The tea party is such good idea. It is a great opportunity to socialise.”
Thelma Childs of Gainsborough is a member of a local history group in Gainsborough called The Delvers.
She said: “The party was such a brilliant idea. I am surprised there are not more people here, it is lovely.”