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Generation games
Tuesday 28th February, 2006

Remember the days of the old school yard?

Members of Wigan's Over 50s forum do and they'll be introducing them to children at a Wigan primary school this Friday (3rd March).

The Playstation generation at St Andrew's CofE Primary School, Springfield, will learn about French skipping, hop scotch, marbles, leap frog, blind man’s bluff, British Bulldog and all kinds of games popular playground games of the past.

But the generation game isn't being played just one way - the children will be introducing their elders and betters to the 21st Century joys of PSPs and MP3s, text messaging and surfing, uploading and downloading.

Helen Coffey, Wigan Council's Over 50s Forum co-ordinator says:

"Friday will be the first of several visits to St Andrew's over the coming week as part of the school's inter-generational project work. With old and young sharing information and experiences, it really is a case of games without frontiers."

Wigan's Over 50s Forum was formed in 2002 and is fast-approaching its 400th member. It is open to all residents and offers older people a ‘voice’, influences the way they are treated; provides practical advice, and makes sure that issues of concern are raised with those who can do something about them. Anybody wishing to join should contact Helen Coffey on 01942 404501.

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