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Silver Sunday, back better than ever, in Westminster

After low-key celebrations in 2020, Silver Sunday was back this year on 3 October with a full programme of exciting activities across the city.

People dancing

Published: 6 October 2021

Silver Sunday, founded in Westminster and now in its tenth year, is a national annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK.

It celebrates the value and knowledge that older people contribute to our communities while combating loneliness and isolation.

Everyone can get involved, of all generations, whether that’s organising an event, spreading the word, attending an activity or simply doing something kind for older people.

In Westminster, there were multiple events across the city and for the first time, this included exclusive tours of Hyde Park Barracks. 

Pamela with the Lord Mayor of Westminster at Hyde Park Barracks

Pamela, Westminster resident who is 90 years old, shown above with the Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Andrew Smith, said:

I've waited my whole life to see these horses.

Mounted Cavalry
Pamela with horse

At multiple venues across the city, there was a huge variety of events enabling older people to come together including an ABBA danceathon, Chinese cultural extravaganza and the council’s first ever dog show.

People dancing
Abba danceathon
Flamenco dancing
People at dog show
Dog jumping through hoop

Cllr Flight, Older People’s Champion at Westminster City Council and founder of Silver Sunday, said:

This weekend has been fantastic. The last 19 months have been incredibly tough for older people in our community for whom social isolation and loneliness inevitably increased. I’m so glad that this year we were able to put on an extensive programme of in-person events in Westminster, the very borough where Silver Sunday started and I hope our older residents had a wonderful time.

The sentiment behind Silver Sunday is not just for one day and therefore, there are many more events throughout the year including our legendary Tea Dance pencilled in for Sunday 5 December. Find out more.