Town’s Blind Society celebrates 90 years

Eastbourne Blind Society celebrated its 90th  Anniversary with a party attended by local MP Stephen Lloyd where the guests from the membership were all in their 90th year and they reminisced with  items they owned and used in days gone by. July11th 2013 E28288P
Eastbourne Blind Society celebrated its 90th Anniversary with a party attended by local MP Stephen Lloyd where the guests from the membership were all in their 90th year and they reminisced with items they owned and used in days gone by. July11th 2013 E28288P

Eastbourne Blind Society celebrated its 90th birthday last week.

The celebrations involved a whole week of parties for blind society members.

On Thursday (July 11) all the member who celebrate their 90th birthday in 2013 were invited for a special celebration.

Deirdre Dean, chief executive of the charity which is based in Longstone Road, said, “We have more than 800 members, so it wasn’t possible to invite all of them to one event.

“I thought it would be really lovely to invite all those members that also turn 90 this year.

“Some of them are unable to come to the centre for social meetings and have home visits instead, so for those people it was an extra special occasion.”

Ms Dean explained she wanted to create a friendly atmosphere for the members and added, “I didn’t want it just to be about a cup of tea and a piece of cake. I wanted them to engage and to promote conversation and laughter throughout the afternoon.”

The art leader at the Blind Society, Solveign Goett, created themed boxes for the residents which included old fashioned items which many of them remembered from their childhood. Some of the blind members were able to recognise the items by feel. Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd attended and cut the celebration cake.

Ms Dean said, “It has been a wonderful week and it reinforces the work of the charity.

“We have not only survived 90 years but grown too.”