City’s 70 year olds get in the party mood

70 year olds with party invites

The first invites for what could be Peterborough’s birthday bash of the summer have been received by excited partygoers!

City College Peterborough, which has been providing education and learning for adults and young people for 70 years, has been overwhelmed by the response to its search for guests to join May’s anniversary celebrations.

A recent appeal sent to local community groups, churches, over 60s clubs and other organisations across the city to find 70 people also celebrating their 70th birthday this year has seen the guest list swell.

The College is well on track to fill all 70 places at the special party planned for 21 May where party-goers will enjoy a three-course meal prepared by the College’s own young catering students.

The party is one of the highlights in a year of celebrations to mark the milestone.

City College Peterborough’s Principal, Pat Carrington, said: “Our party planned for 70 70-year olds is just one of the exciting range of events and activities we have planned during the year to mark our 70th anniversary”.

“Our appeal to find people to join us at our birthday party has been a huge success, and we are delighted that so many people are keen to share their important milestone year with that of the college’s.

“Plans for the party can now step up a gear as we continue to write the book charting the college’s history.”

Among those to receive an invitation is John Payne, who turned 70 in February this year.

Still a very active member of the College’s community, he said: “I’ve just signed up for singing lessons here at the College. It’s given me the opportunity to keep up a hobby I love, especially as I’m a member of a few choirs in Peterborough.

“I heard about the 70th birthday celebrations when I popped in to enquire about the singing lessons. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the College and the role it plays in the Peterborough community!”

And there are more treats in store throughout the coming months, including:

A series of specially designed courses to reflect lifestyles and history in Peterborough during the 1940s.

An exclusive trip to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, for a behind the scenes tour of the site on Wednesday 7 May 2014.

A 1940s day at the college – which will host a themed fashion shows, vintage cars display and invite visitors to bring their own memorabilia. The day will culminate in a 1940s themed dance at Peterborough Town Hall.

The launch of a book charting the history of the college. The book, and its contents, is being compiled and collated by college tutor Tim Wilson – who is currently appealing for anyone with interesting stories, memoires and photographs of the college since the 1940s to share them.

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Alternatively, call in to the college at Brook Street, Peterborough PE1 1TU.