A YEAR of supporting the borough’s over 50s was celebrated at a community group’s recent Christmas party.

Bounce Back...to health and happiness has only been operating since early January and is now making its mark on the community of the Black Country, having attracted hundreds to its daily classes and regular day trips.

Formed following the demise of Age UK Dudley, the group is now based out of Quarry Bank Community Centre and St. Paul’s Community and Learning Centre, with classes and events open to anyone aged 50 and over.

To mark a successful first year, the group held a Christmas party at The Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill, with more than 250 people in attendance, including the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Dave Tyler.

Sandy Jones, Bounce Back’s managing director, said: “All the hard work is well worth it just to see so many happy, smiling faces when we arrange these events.

“The Christmas party was always so popular when I worked with Age UK before their activity centre’s demise that I decided to continue the practice now as Bounce Back.

“I would also like to take this opportunity in thanking local businesses and individuals for their support in helping to fund this event.”

During the event, Cllr Tyler gave a speech praising the efforts and initiative of Mrs Jones – who set up the group using her own funds with the help of valued volunteers.

Throughout the afternoon the guests were entertained by Glen Leon who got everyone dancing after a three-course Christmas lunch.

For more information about Bounce Back, including session costs and times, call 07491 312825, or email bounceback2017@hotmail.com.