Memory Lane brings the past back to life

Jim Maguire (centre) discusses the history of cinema with heritage centre staff Hugh Muir and Gillian Brogan.
Jim Maguire (centre) discusses the history of cinema with heritage centre staff Hugh Muir and Gillian Brogan.

The next meeting of the Memory Lane Programme takes place at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell on Thursday.

The programme was organised by staff at the heritage centre to bring together older people from across Lanarkshire to engage in a variety of activities.

So far this year there has been a Scots sing-a-long, the opportunity to reminisce about nursing and the role of women during the First World War and last month their was a chance to watch a selection of Laurel and Hardy shorts.

Tomorrow there is an arts and crafts theme to proceedings as people are invited to paint on canvas.

Memory Lane meets on the last Thursday of every month from 1.30-3pm and coming up in May is a look back as old Motherwell with particular reference to shopping, while in June there is a Summer sing-a-long.

CultureNL learning and access manager Gillian Brogan said: “We have held a number of one-off events for older people over the years, such as our popular tea dances, but we decided to try holding something on a more regular basis in order to bring the past to life.

“Memory Lane is open to people of all ages, but we find it is particularly the older generation who are showing an interest in the topics.

“We have even had requests for certain activities, which we are happy to accommodate where we can, like last month when a couple told us about their love for Laurel and Hardy so we we were able to arrange a film show.

“We are delighted to be able to bring people together in a social setting and the feedback we have been getting so far is that everyone has been really enjoying themselves.”

All activities are being provided free of charge with an optional £2 charge for refreshments.

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