AFTER a quiet winter pensioners all over Hounslow and Feltham can finally start dusting off their walking boots and polishing up their dancing shoes as the Older People's Festival approaches once again.

The annual event will see the return of traditional favourites like the tea dance and the arty crafty party and also a whole host of new activities, including the Feltham Open House day.

At a launch event at Paul Robeson Theatre last week members of the festival committee gathered for an official launch of this year's festivities.

Chairwoman Satish Dutt, 65, from Heston, said: "We've got lots of different things planned for this year.Personally I'm particularly excited about the tea dance in Chiswick. We've always had lots of complaints in the past that Chiswick was being left out but now there'll be something for everyone."

Retiring Mayor Andrew Morgan Watts also dropped by the event to hear what would be on offer during the festival and to congratulate the committee members on their efforts.

He said: "I must compliment the committee on their excellent programme.Their isn't any older person who could read their programme and say there's nothing there for me.It's great to see an event organised by older people."

The events this summer will run from tomorrow throughout June and is open to all residents aged 50 or over. Brochures are available through a number of organisations and at libraries and doctor's surgeries all over the borough. For more information call the box office on 0845 456 2840. 

* See the Chronicle every week for full festival listings.