VIDEO: Army of pensioners in show of strength

0
Have your say

Hundreds of pensioners marched through Blackpool to highlight issues including NHS care and the winter fuel allowance.

The event, now in its 16th year, saw banner-waving delegates walk from the Promenade, through the town centre, to the Winter Gardens where the annual three-day Pensioners Parliament is taking place until Thursday.

Pensioners in Blackpool yesterday, highlighting issues such as the winter fuel allowance and NHS care.

Pensioners in Blackpool yesterday, highlighting issues such as the winter fuel allowance and NHS care.

Around 1,000 people in total are expected to attend the event which has firmly claimed its place as one of the main national voice-pieces for the older generation.

Groups from as far afield as Lambeth and Scotland, and closer to home, Merseyside and Chorley, took part in the march.

Rita Walsh, of Blackpool Senior Voice, is among the delegates attending the conference.

She said: “The Opera House was packed with people who had gone along to listen to what was being discussed.

Pensioners in Blackpool yesterday, highlighting issues such as the winter fuel allowance and NHS care.

Pensioners in Blackpool yesterday, highlighting issues such as the winter fuel allowance and NHS care.

“All the speakers were really interesting and I have learned a lot.

“If you go to live abroad, for example in the USA, your pension would stop.

“Also, there was a young man talking about bringing all the different age groups together, and how everyone should be working together regardless of their age.

“Other subjects included the winter fuel allowance and health care.

“All the speakers were excellent and I am now looking forward to the rest of the conference.”

There will be a series of debates until Thursday along with an evening social event in the Empress Ballroom with entertainment from Bill Barrow’s Jazz Knights and The Merseybeats today.

Giving a big voice to older people

Neil Duncan-Jordan organises the three-day conference with Marketing Blackpool and Blackpool Council.

He 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.”

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE GAZETTE’S PETITION FOR A DIRECT RAIL LINK BETWEEN BLACKPOOL AND LONDON