First Garden Cities Homes hosted an afternoon with 'Buddy Holly' for 120 over-55s in Letchworth.

The event took place at the Broadway Hotel on Tuesday, August 1, with all guests attending free of charge.

Featuring songs including 'Peggy Sue Got Married', 'That'll Be The Day', 'Oh Boy!' and 'Raining In My Heart', the event is part of First Garden Cities Homes' (FGCH) efforts to combat loneliness and social isolation.

The Comet: Attendees enjoying a cream tea at the First Garden City Homes eventAttendees enjoying a cream tea at the First Garden City Homes event (Image: Carolcomms)

Attendee Malcolm King said: "Letchworth is brilliant for older people; there are so many facilities and there’s always so much going on.

"Events like this help people to get healthier, fitter and mentally more able.

"We are very, very pleased that we could come along and we met a lot of lovely new people, so that was rather nice as well."


The cost of running the event was shared with North Herts Council, and due to high demand capacity was increased from 66 to 120.

Guest Ray Dempsey, who is the warden of Hillcrest Park Residential Home, attended the event with his wife Angela and some of the residents.

He said: "Quite frankly, I’m gobsmacked. I’m amazed at how great this service is.

"It’s a fantastic community event that’s been brilliantly organised."