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Tea, anyone? Treat that reaches across generations

30 June, 2017 — By Emily Finch

From left, Joyce Whipp, Leo Cabgso, Mayor Una O’Halloran, George Watkins and Rameses Maghrabi

STUDENTS from a Finsbury Park school hosted an outdoor tea party for elderly people on Friday.

Mayor Councillor Una O’Halloran attended the event in Wray Crescent park, which featured a line dancing session and a choir recital by year 11 students from Islington Arts and Media School.

Students served tea and cakes to the 40 elderly people from Manor Gardens and Alsen day centres. Geography teacher Rameses Maghrabi, 37, said students hosting events for the elderly helped develop empathy. “It’s not in the curriculum for students to get involved with the community, but it teaches them how to relate to each other,” he said.

The dance session was led by Joyce Whipp, 74, a volunteer line dancing instructor at Hornsey Lane Estate Community Centre who had a knee operation at the beginning of the month.

For George Watkins, 94, who lives off Caledonian Road, the event was “great”. He is looking forward to his 10th tea party next year.

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