GENERATIONS, both young and old, were brought together to celebrate their contribution to Solihull in a Jubilee tea party.
Community leaders, young park rangers, competition winners and environmental champions all tucked into cucumber sandwiches, cakes and tea at the 1950s-themed Intergenerational Tea Party, alongside 92-year-old charity wingwalker Tom Lackey and new Mayor Ken Hawkins last week.
Coun Hawkins said: “This event is to celebrate and commemorate the work that people have done in the borough.
“Everyone here, young and old, has improved the borough in some way.
“It’s a very special event and Solihull is celebrating it in style.”
Guests were treated to performances by a local dance troupe, ukelele player and took part in a quiz while council officers donned 1950s fancy dress at the event, organised by Solihull Council and held at the Solihull Arts Complex studio last Thursday
Mr Lackey, who has raised over £1million for charity with his death-defying stunts, was invited after spending months improving the old Shirley War Memorial.
“It was in an awful state,” he said. “The names of people were disappearing. The memorial was on the brink of collapse, we literally saved the council thousands of pounds.”
He added he was “delighted” to see so many young people had been involved with the borough.
“These sort of events, they bring people closer together. It’s a bit of that old spirit which we need to have back again.”
Other guests included David Dunston who designed the gates to Malvern Park in 1954, and unemployed 22-year-old Ben Yates, who volunteered to help manage the new community gardens in Chelmsley Wood, as he wanted to “make a difference and give something back to the local community.”
Elizabeth Quiney, the council’s neighbourhood co-ordinator and event organiser, said: “I’m so pleased we’ve been able to thank people for their contribution to the borough.
“I think bringing the generations together show that young people are working for the borough as much as the older generation.”