Children of today and of the fifties met at Salisbury Library to share memories of the Queen for an intergenerational project.

On Friday, 9 September, pupils from St Martin's and Woodlands schools, aged between seven and nine, met with older people to share experiences.

In a continuation of Silver Salisbury's Jubilee project to unite generations, the children spoke with older people about food, communications, entertainment, and the Queen.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II was a main topic of conversation and the children brought up the strangeness of having a King on the throne instead of our Queen.

They heard from the older members in the group what it had been like to hear the news "the King is dead: we now have a Queen".

A teacher said: "It’s wonderful for the children to have the opportunity to hear about our history from people who “lived” it."

Salisbury Journal: Children and older people sharing memoriesChildren and older people sharing memories (Image: Silver Salisbury)

Everyone involved in the project will receive a commemorative booklet containing stories shared during the reminiscence workshops.

Ruth Hill, creative writer, who has facilitated all the reminiscence sessions for Silver Salisbury has created two songs based on the conversations during this programme.

The children and older people are now learning and practicing the songs which they will sing to an audience at the Guildhall on Tuesday 27 September, which is Silver Salisbury’s celebration of International Older People’s Day.

The day will comprise a series of short concerts including Dance SIX-0, U3A Chamber music, The Coffee Choir, Salisbury Pluckers Ukulele band, with the finale being the intergenerational choir.

Refreshments provided by Salisbury Soroptimists will be available between each concert when there will be opportunity to find out more about what is available for older people in Salisbury.

Entry is free and people can drop in for one or more of the concerts.

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