The Sheriff of Nottingham is welcoming up to 100 people aged 65 and over to a special event at the Council House celebrating the 75th anniversary of Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The event on Friday 21 April will also highlight Nottingham’s extensive public transport network  and how it can help overcome social exclusion for older people – an important part of the council’s Looking After Each Other campaign.

Guests will arrive by special number 75 buses provided free for the day by Nottingham City Transport. They will be greeted by Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Jackie Morris and treated to lunch and entertainment in the splendid surroundings of the Council House Ballroom. In the Council House Dining Room, organisations will be providing advice and information on a wide variety of topics for the guests. Special guests of honour at the event will be Dennis and Alice Quinton who celebrate 75 years of marriage this year.

Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Jackie Morris, said: “I’m delighted to welcome this group of older people to the Council House and to celebrate all the help and support that Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire provide to elderly people locally. It’s also a chance to remind ourselves, with the help of Nottingham City Transport, how important public transport is to ensure older people are connected to people and amenities. We can rightly celebrate the fact we have one of the best public transport networks in the country which plays an important part in social inclusion for older people.”

Maggie Ross, Fundraising Director at Age UK Notts said: “As we look back on the last 75 years of supporting older people in Nottinghamshire, we are filled with thankfulness to all the companies, groups and individuals for all the fundraising and volunteering that they have done. Without the ongoing partnership of people in the local community, we would not be able to do the life-changing work that we do.”

Nicola Tidy, Marketing Director at Nottingham City Transport said: “Nottingham City Transport is delighted to be part of the 75th anniversary celebrations for Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Our comprehensive network of bus services throughout the City provides access to local amenities, friends and family and plays a huge part in overcoming social exclusion for older people.”

Mandy Kelly, director and head of private client at Actons said: “We’re delighted to continue to support Age UK Notts, especially in their special anniversary year.  Through the work we already do with Age UK, we get to see first-hand the vital services they provide to the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.  They are often vital lifelines to the people who make use of them.  We would encourage businesses in other sectors to get involved with Age UK and support the amazing work they do in our local communities.”