Pensioners from across the country will descend on Blackpool today to debate the issues that matter to them.
The National Pensioner’s Parliament is taking place in the Opera House, at the Winter Gardens, after an opening procession along the Promenade.
The conference will be held until Thursday, with issues including state benefits, the winter fuel allowance, hospital care and uniting the generations all being discussed.
Organiser Neil Duncan-Jordan said: “Our Pensioners’ Parliament is all about giving older people a voice. You don’t have to be a member of any association or group to attend, everyone is welcome and we look forward to hearing their opinions.
“We want pensioners to let us know what their concerns are.
“It is a platform for them to air what’s worrying them, what problems they are having and it means we can find out what pensioners across the UK are thinking about today.”
Around 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the parliament.
Mr Duncan-Jordan added: “We are delighted to be coming to Blackpool yet again. Our delegates always enjoy visiting the town because it’s the seaside and that’s where conferences should be held.
“Many people extend their stay into a break in Blackpool and that’s increased in recent years because of the regeneration of the resort.”
Mandy Tythe-McCallum, tourism manager at Marketing Blackpool, said: “This is a fantastic event for the resort both in attracting extra revenue for businesses and highlighting the concerns of pensioners today.”