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Havering Over 50s host royal garden party

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:07 15 August 2016

Guests enjoying the Havering Over 50's garden party

Guests enjoying the Havering Over 50's garden party

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A group representing the interests of residents aged over 50 held its annual garden party last week, in celebration of the Queen’s birthday.

In June, the club sent a letter to Buckingham Palace, inviting the Queen to the birthday celebrations.

Although she couldn’t attend, her Majesty did send her best wishes, said chairman Cliff Reynolds.

He said: “Everyone dressed up formally, just in case her Majesty did decide to turn up!

“We had a brilliant day, with more than 60 guests attending.

“Our guests of honour included the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Philippa Crowder, and Chelsea Pensioner, John Land.

“John was born and went to school in Romford and came in full uniform to meet up and talk about old times.

“It was a real community effort, Havering Association for People with Disabilities let us hold it in their garden for practically nothing, and various local businesses were in attendance.”

The club, which meets on the second Tuesday of every month, is a non-political organisation where residents can raise issues which are of a concern to them.

Mr Reynolds, who has been chairman for three years, said: “Turnout is often just under 100 people.”

“This represents all the community groups and volunteers working across the borough.”

The group represents the interests of older residents, which Cliff says is of vital importance.

He said: “The group won’t suffer fools gladly; they are very prepared to question the executive.

“They ensure they’re acting in the best interests of the residents.”

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