Over 60s share opinions at lunch

The Square Meal: Pictured are Gordon Forum for the Arts Chair, Ian Clark and Merlyn Riggs with one of the tablecloths from the lunch.
The Square Meal: Pictured are Gordon Forum for the Arts Chair, Ian Clark and Merlyn Riggs with one of the tablecloths from the lunch.
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As part of the Value of Age arts festival, local artist, Merlyn Riggs put on a choreographed lunch for people over 60.

The event which should have been an al-fresco lunch in the War Memorial Garden took place in the Town Hall due to the recent cold, wet and windy weather.

With 46 guests, the fully subscribed event was a great success.

Organiser, Merlyn Riggs, asked the invited guests to consider how they felt they are treated in today’s society - if they felt valued and happy, and asked everyone to record their thoughts and ideas on the tablecloths.

Merlyn said: “The guests were all invited. I contacted groups such as WRI, Age Scotland and Age Concern and there was a structure. The event was a platform for guests, who were all over 60, to air their issues by writing them on the tablecloths.

“I’m taking the tablecloths round to other halls and venues locally so people who couldn’t make the lunch can add to this organic piece.

“The Forum is collecting the issues raised to use in the development of art projects in the future and will also approach service providers about any problems raised.”

Gordon Forum for the Arts Chairman, Ian Clark said: “It was great to see so many people here and to see them participating so vigorously.”

The event was supported by Spice of Life, Mitchells, Sinclairs and Edwards, who each provided a dozen meals.