Schools bring Christmas cheer to pensioners

PUPILS from two schools gave pensioners a bumper Christmas party last week. The parties were held at Stratton Upper School in Biggleswade and Sandy Upper School. At each event more than 150 pensioners not only had wonderful food and presents but were ente

PUPILS from two schools gave pensioners a bumper Christmas party last week.

The parties were held at Stratton Upper School in Biggleswade and Sandy Upper School.

At each event more than 150 pensioners not only had wonderful food and presents but were entertained by pupils.

"Both events were absolutely brilliant," said Ken Lynch, chairman of the Biggleswade and District Pensioners' Association, who attended both parties.

"The pupils at both schools had spent many weeks preparing the events and money had been collected by Sandy Upper School pupils at the recent Battle of the Bands that was held at the school.

"Everybody who attended the event had to pay £1 entrance fee and we collected £110.

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"Every pensioner I spoke to was thrilled with the parties. For many of them Christmas will mean being alone so this was wonderful for them to get out and enjoy themselves.

"A lot of people are too quick to run down young people. So when you see events like this you feel it is only right to tell people how brilliant they were to local pensioners.

"The young people paid for both events out of their own pockets and organised everything.

"The parties meant a lot to pensioners in both towns.