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Over-fifties event hailed as a success

An event organised by Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors has proved to be a big success. The 50-plus information day held in Ferndown brought 250 people to visit the Royal British Legion.

Former world champion town crier Mike helped drive the crowds to the legion in Church Road and deputy mayor Cllr Steve Lugg opened the event.

Dozens of exhibitors showed what was available for the more senior members of the town; this included sports, health, financial advice, horticulture and modelling.

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There was free tea and biscuits, a free raffle and the fire brigade along with POPP (Partnership for Older People Programme) gave out more than 100 pairs of free slippers.

The footwear has been proven to help prevent trips and falls in the home. Staff from AE Jolliffe & Son, the Douch Family Funeral Directors’ Ferndown branch, were busy helping the visitors.

Emma Regan, who organised the event, said: “After our last over-50 event proved so popular we decided to hold another.

“It was held in conjunction with the Royal British Legion and AE Jolliffe & Son was our local supporting branch.

“The weather was awful but it didn’t stop people from coming along in droves.

“We had nearly 40 stands with a wide variety of things on offer and a real mix of exhibitors.”

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