The spirit of legendary jazz musician Charles Mingus was alive and well in Age Concern on the Chapel Road on Wednesday evening.
Members of the organisation were treated to an evening of jazz music and dancing by ‘The Gay McIntyre Quartet’. The event was completely free of charge and was sponsored by the Culture Company.
Anna McLaughlin from Bishop Street described the night as “wonderful” and explained she was happy to see the older people of Derry included in the City of Culture celebrations.
“It has been a wonderful night, I really really enjoyed it, it’s great to have these events organised for older people for the City of Culture,” said Anna.
The jazz evening was part of the programme of events organised by Age Concern to mark Derry’s year as City of Culture.
Emer Doherty from Age Concern said it was important the older people of Derry get their voices heard throughout the City of Culture year.
“The organisation welcomes older people from throughout Derry/Londonderry to partake in our series of Culture events which will be running throughout 2013,” she said.
“We are delighted to offer older people the opportunity to attend various evenings of dance and song and to enjoy the various genres of music our local artists have to offer.”
Margaret Doyle from Bishop Street said listening to Gay McIntyre’s music on Wednesday evening took her back “down memory lane” and laughed that she even found time to go for a dance.
“Brilliant, an absolutely brilliant night,” said Margaret.
“It has been great to be here and enjoy Gay and his band’s music - I danced to this kind of music in my younger days. I have really enjoyed my trip down memory lane tonight.
“These events are excellent and I am grateful that we, as an older generation are being catered for in the culture events for this year,” she added.
Lloyd Magee from the Bond Street Residents’ Association described the event as a great night and added that he was grateful to Age Concern for inviting them along.
“Everybody from Bond Street who attended the night was delighted and enjoyed it. We are delighted to get a chance to attend these events at Age Concern.
“Many of our residents said they used to dance to Gay’s music years ago and were delighted to reminisce and see him again. Bond Street Residents’ Association have established a good connection with Age Concern Derry and we often work together, we are very grateful for the various opportunities they have given us to attend events,” he said.
Future City of Culture events at Age Concern include an Ulster Scots evening, traditional Irish dance and Latin American evening.
For more information please contact Age Concern Derry on 028 71347478.
See photographs from Wednesday evening’s jazz night at Age Concern on pages 22-23.