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Greater Lisburn Ageing Well Group visit Stormont

Greater Lisburn Ageing Well Group pictured on a visit to Stormont.

Greater Lisburn Ageing Well Group pictured on a visit to Stormont.

Members of the Greater Lisburn Ageing Well Group enjoyed a great day out in glorious sunshine on a visit to Stormont last Thursday (7th May). Organised by Elsie Vance, 115 over 50s met at the Lagan Valley Island for the short drive to Belfast for what proved to be a most memorable outing with lots of fun and chat. They were met on the steps of the famous building by Basil McCrea MLA who conducted the tour assisted by John McCallister MLA (South Down). On entering the Great Hall they were given a brief but informative history of the building by guide Melanie Coffey. During a visit to the Assembly Chamber, Mr McCrea allowed the group to participate in a humorous vote and in true fashion of the chamber the “Ayes went to the right and the Noes to the left”.

Greater Lisburn Ageing Well Group has enjoyed 5 successful years since it was formed in 2002. Leader Elsie Vance ensures that the members age well as they enjoy weekly activities that include dancing, outings, walks and yoga to name but a few.

On the Stormont trip was 88 year-old Gwen McWilliams.  Born in 1919, Gwen who is certainly ‘ageing well’, was brought up in Summerhill Avenue (just past Stormont).  She was a border at Friends School from 1930 to 1937 and moved to Lisburn in 1973. 
 

Basil McCrea MLA welcomes the Greater Lisburn Ageing Well Group to Stormont. Guide Melanie Coffey gives a brief but informative history of Stormont. Elsie Vance and Basil McCrea MLA (right) with some of the group on the steps of the Great Hall.
Basil McCrea MLA welcomes the Greater Lisburn Ageing Well Group to Stormont. Guide Melanie Coffey gives a brief but informative history of Stormont. Elsie Vance and Basil McCrea MLA (right) with some of the group on the steps of the Great Hall.
John McCallister MLA pictured with some of the group in the Great Hall. Basil McCrea MLA pictured with Elsie Vance and Gwen McWilliams on the veranda. Adrienne Carson (left) and Hazel Corbett with Basil McCrea MLA in the Long Gallery.
John McCallister MLA pictured with some of the group in the Great Hall. Basil McCrea MLA pictured with Elsie Vance and Gwen McWilliams on the veranda. Adrienne Carson (left) and Hazel Corbett with Basil McCrea MLA in the Long Gallery.
Eric Scott and John Kelly with John McCallister MLA in the Great Hall. John and Charlotte Burleigh with John McCallister MLA in the Great Hall. Eric Scott, John Kelly, May Campbell and Ella-May Agnew are joined by Basil McCrea MLA during a tea break.
Eric Scott and John Kelly with John McCallister MLA in the Great Hall. John and Charlotte Burleigh with John McCallister MLA in the Great Hall. Eric Scott, John Kelly, May Campbell and Ella-May Agnew are joined by Basil McCrea MLA during a tea break.
 

Robert Curry, Dorothy Patterson and Irene Bourton on the steps of the Great Hall.

 
 

Robert Curry, Dorothy Patterson and Irene Bourton on the steps of the Great Hall.

 

Ulster Star
08/06/2007