Glamorous grannies (and granddads) were ‘puttin on the Ritz’ on Friday afternoon as the Aylesbury Estate hosted its first Posh Club.
A performance from ‘Black Elvis’ got the biggest cheer from the swanky senior citizens seated in gold chairs at Pembroke House in Walworth, but they were also entertained by a chorus-line-style dancing duo and the Camberwell Community Choir.
A pianist tinkled the ivories as waiters in dickie bows served up afternoon tea to a full house.
The event was organised by a company called Duckie and funded by the Creation Trust, the charity set up to support residents of the Aylesbury Estate.
Chief executive, Charlotte Banstead, said: “Creation works with lots of older residents on the Aylesbury Estate. Sadly many older people can be very isolated in their homes – it’s really important to have events like Posh Club so people have the chance to socialise.”
“We know how important community is to this generation and opportunities for them to get out of the house like this are disappearing because there’s no funding,” she added.
Val Fenn, Chair of Elmington Estate TRA, popped in and thought she was in the wrong place because it looked so high-class. “I think it’s fantastic. I feel like a princess, it’s lovely,” she said.
Yvonne Khaled, 76, who was in the News last year when she could walk for the first time in years after dropping seven stone, was showing off her new glad-rags at the soiree.
“It’s absolutely fantastic. It is posh and it’s lovely,” said the grandmother of five.
Miriam Samuels, 91, was celebrating her recent successful move off the Aylesbury Estate to Darwin Court. “I’m very happy now, it’s nice and quiet,” she said.