A WOMAN aged 97 went bargain hunting and another celebrated her 80th birthday as pensioners at a Furness community hub had a chance to discuss their needs at a special coffee morning.

The Mail, on Tuesday, March 5 in 2002, noted: “Barrow Age Concern staff visited the Eamont Close community centre, Walney, yesterday and talked to members about introducing activities such as a friendship club and a luncheon club.

"Alice Smith, aged 97, snapped up a vintage cake stand on the coffee morning’s bric-a-brac stall and the event also saw May May celebrating her 80th birthday with flowers."

Age Concern prevention and support services manager Liz Dover said:”It was a chance for us to meet the people there.

“We got a lot out of it and it helps us to try to develop different services for the members.

“We already have a friendship group at Ramsey Park centre and a luncheon club at Hindpool community centre and they are both very popular.”

The coffee morning raised £75 which was split between Age Concern and the Eamont Close centre.