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Westminster’s Silver Sunday Matinee tackling elderlies’ loneliness returns

16 October 2018

Guests having tea at Silver Sunday Matinee

Westminster’s Development and Alumni Relations teams recently funded and hosted a free screening of Howard Hawks’ classic musical comedy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, at the Regent Street Cinema.

The Silver Sunday Matinee was a partnership between the University of Westminster and the Silver Sunday Project. Silver Sunday is an annual, national programme to tackle the blight of loneliness that affects many older people. It began in the City of Westminster and is proudly supported by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.

Silver Sunday has become a day in the national calendar, the first Sunday in October, when we ask the nation to pause and think about older people and celebrate their contribution to society.

This year, the Silver Sunday Matinee was hosted on 7 October at the historic Regent Street Cinema, the site of the screening of the first moving image in British history. Over 75 attendees aged 65 and above, including Westminster alumni and members of the local community, were welcomed with free teas and coffees in the Cinema Bar prior to the screening.

Haydn Worley, Alumni Relations Officer and organiser of the Matinee, said: “The second Silver Sunday Matinee at our Cinema was a real success and a pleasure to organise. The light-hearted, playful film was well received, with many guests commenting on the welcome choice of film. Many guests expressed interest in attending future screenings at the cinema, as well as Matinee Classics instalments.”  

Find out more about the Regent Street Cinema.

Find out more information on Matinee Classics.

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