AN over 50s group has celebrated the 20th anniversary of the start of one of its activity days.
On Tuesday members of Huddersfield Over 50s Weekday Leisure Sessions (Owls) marked 20 years since the group held its first Tuesday activity session.
Tuesday Owls sessions were introduced at Huddersfield Sports Centre in 1984, a year after the first Owls sessions were established on Wednesdays in Slaithwaite.
Now, sessions are also held on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Owls co-ordinator Anne Bradford, who joined as a keep fit instructor 20 years ago, said: "Year on year it got more popular, so they kept starting new days."
About 500 people attend the 9am to 3pm sessions every week for keep fit classes, swimming, racquet sports, yoga, tai chi, bowling and use of the sport centre Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and Peak Physique fitness suite.
A session costs £5.85, including lunch.
Owls was founded by Huddersfield woman Edith Bentley, now 89.
Retired nurse Mrs Bentley was awarded the MBE in 1996 for her work with pensioners.
She was guest of honour at the anniversary celebrations on Tuesday.
She retired from Owls four years ago and Mrs Bradford took over as co-ordinator.
Mrs Bradford said: "The Owls is a wonderful thing. We are keen to encourage people over 50 to become more active. We have some tickets left for morning taster sessions so people can try Owls.
"There are social benefits too. We go on holidays and theatre trips and it is a great way to make friends."
One such event will be a 1940s dance. This will be at the sports centre on July 3 from 3pm to 7pm, to mark the 60th anniversary of the June D-Day landings.
Tickets cost £8.
For dance tickets or taster sessions, contact Mrs Bradford on 01484 223630.