Supergrans strike a pose at big lunch fundraiser

The glamorous grannies at the Alzheimer's Big Lunch at Ellel village hall.
The glamorous grannies at the Alzheimer's Big Lunch at Ellel village hall.

A dozen glamorous grannies were the star attractions of a charity event which aimed to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The mature models – including a 90-year-old great-grandmother – took centre stage in a talent show at the Big Lunch event held at Ellel Village Hall on Sunday.

At the age of 90, Edith Richmond still managed to strut her stuff and impress the audience during the contest.

Edith, who is actually a great-grandma, was asked to take part in the show by her daughter Susan’s friend, Coun Helen Helme, who was one of the organisers of the event.

But she didn’t need much convincing to don her gladrags.

Edith, who has two daughters, five grandchildren and a one-year-old great-grandaughter called Grace, said: “When you have lived in a village like this for such a long time you know a lot of people and have a lot of friends, and Helen talked me into doing the show.

“I am glad she did though because I did enjoy it. I already had the outfit from a wedding and it was lovely catching up with everyone else doing it.”

Edith, who is married to Vincent, also 90, has lived in Galgate her whole life, attending the village school before going on to work as a telephonist on the switchboard at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

She added: “We had to go on stage in pairs and we were introduced to the crowd – I got a big cheer when they said I was 90, which was nice.”

In addition to the glamour contest, there were stalls, refreshments and music from Batala Lancaster.

Coun Helme said: “It was lovely weather and there was a really good turnout from the village; we were really pleased.”

See page 66 for more photos from the day.