Pensioners from two Eastbourne tennis clubs appeared on national television speaking with Janet Street-Porter.
The eight pensioners, from Devonshire Park and Hampden Park Tennis Clubs, spoke about their finances and how they compare with those from other generations.
They were filmed playing tennis with Ms Street-Porter before an interview at the International Lawn Tennis Centre in Devonshire Park.
Asked if she thought her generation was more careful with money than younger people, 64-year-old Gill Collins said, “Yes definitely. From the time I left school I was thinking I’ve got to save up money to get a mortgage and get a house.”
Lorna Holloway 65, said, “I think we were very careful in that time and worked very hard for what we have now. Now we’ve got it and we are enjoying it.”
The segment, for ITV’s Tonight programme which aired on Thursday, March 10, reported that a family hoping to buy a house today would have to earn more £50,000 a year – well above the average wage packet.
It also claimed the average 25-year-old would have to save more than £800 each month to ever have a similar lifestyle to modern pensioners.
Speaking with the tennis players, Ms Street-Porter asked them how their choices differed from those of previous generations.
Ken Pollock, 67 said, “We were the baby boomers so I think we had a different mindset on that sort of thing.”
Chris Baker, 70, said, “I can work three or four days a week, if I want to, but today I can come and take the day off to play tennis. It’s the flexibility that I like about it.”
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