A GROUP which aims to keep people active and interested in life has celebrated its 20th anniversary.
The Huddersfield Owls (Over 50s Weekday Leisure Sessions) started in November 1983 at Huddersfield Sports Centre.
It was the idea of founder Edith Bentley, now 87, a retired nurse who was guest of honour at the celebrations.
Mrs Bentley, was awarded the MBE in 1996 for her work with pensioners.
Co-ordinator Anne Bradford said: "It's a wonderful group to be part of and anyone who would like to come and join us would be very welcome."
Mrs Bradford leads the 500 members.
She started as a keep-fit instructor with the Owls 19 years ago and took over as co-ordinator when Mrs Bentley retired four years ago.
They take part in a full range of sports and leisure activities including bowling , yoga, Tai Chi, badminton, dominoes, Scrabble, swimming , sauna and jacuzzi.
Many members are well into their eighties.
Mrs Bradford said: "The Owls is especially valuable for people who are on their own. It gets them out and about, meeting people and socialising."
Regular outings are also organised for members. Recent trips have included visits to the ballet, London theatres, a four-day excursion to Paris and the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Anyone interested in joining can ring Mrs Bradford on 01484 223630.