Town U3A marks its 25th anniversary

A community group in Market Harborough celebrated its 25th anniversary with some opera and cakes.

The Market Harborough University of the Third Age, an interest group for retired or semi-retired people, has now been running for a quarter of a century and it celebrated the milestone during its Christmas meeting on December 11.

The national U3A chairman Barbara Lewis attended the event.

They enjoyed a performance of popular operatic arias by tenor Mark Luther, who has sung for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and soprano Julie Unwin, who has performed at Glyndebourne.

Kay Knight, the town group’s chairman, said: “The U3A is a wonderful place to make friends while learning a new skill or enjoying some exercise and generally improving your wellbeing.

“We have over 40 interest groups or activities.

“Members share their knowledge and experience to learn from one another.

“New members are always welcome.

“Everyone is a volunteer, so we are very grateful to all those who currently contribute or have done so in the past.”

The meeting closed with everyone joining in singing festive carols with gusto.

Activities at Market Harborough U3A include walking, theatre outings, art and music appreciation, French, whist, bridge, tai chi, a film group, wine appreciation and philosophy.

For more details about the town group visit the website www.mhu3a.org.uk.