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Review: Sir Ian Mckellen’s one man show at 80 shows there no age limit on success

June 29, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

The legend that is Sir Ian McKellen is touring the UK at the age of 80 giving 80 one man shows at various venues across the country.  Our reporter Pauline Smith was lucky enough to catch him at HOME Manchester with others from the Pride in Ageing programme. Here she relives the evening from Gandalf to the Globe – and […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Rik Whittaker

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

FULL NAME: Rik Whittaker AGE: 68 REPORTER PATCH: Wigan and Leigh Reporter Rik Whittaker, from Lowton, has a keen interest in music, photography, dance, travel, and education. After retiring from Civic Service, Rik attended The University of Salford to complete a Computer Science degree and Masters in Technology and Education. He now promotes STEM careers going […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Carole Ogden

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

FULL NAME:  Carole Ogden AGE:  58 REPORTER PATCH: Bolton Our reporter, Carole Ogden, is originally from East Sussex, but has lived in Bolton nearly 30 years. Carole took voluntary redundancy at 55 for health reasons and to care for her mum, who had dementia. She is a poet and chair of a Big Local project in […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Pauline Smith

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

FULL NAME: Pauline Smith AGE: 71 REPORTER PATCH: Manchester Our reporter, Pauline Smith, moved back to the UK in late 2007 at age 59, after 30 years living and working in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands with no active personal network and as a trans woman. Now she has a network of friends and is […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Lesley Downing

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

Name: Lesley Downing Age: 61 Reporter patch: Bury Our reporter, Lesley Downing, split her career between nursing and as an archive assistant. She is semi-retired now and is doing casual work as an extra/support artist.   She recently moved back to the North West after having lived abroad and in the south of England since […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Tony Openshaw

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

FULL NAME: Tony Openshaw AGE: 64 REPORTER PATCH: Manchester Our reporter, Tony Openshaw, set up Asylum Support Housing Advice (ASHA) in 2004 – helping 7,000 people seeking asylum in Greater Manchester.   He retired in 2015 and joined Out In The City, a social and support group for members of the LGBT+ communities aged over […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Christine Duffin

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

FULL NAME: Christine Duffin AGE: 59 REPORTER PATCH: MANCHESTER Our reporter, Christine Duffin, used ‘meet up’ when she retired to find out about social opportunities and networks and is now part of walking group that goes as far   and wide as Granada, and also volunteers at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Stretford Public Hall, Age […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Jean Friend

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

FULL NAME: Jean Friend  Age 67  REPORTER PATCH: Oldham Our reporter, Jean Friend, is a photographer, and enjoys the theatre, cycling, art, politics and campaigning on LGBT issues.   She wants to use her photography skills in the Talking About My Generation campaign as well as learn new skills and build confidence. Jean, who is […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Mike Dodd

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

FULL NAME: Mike Dodd AGE: 78 REPORTER PATCH: Oldham Our reporter, Mike Dodd, is passionate about people staying connected in their local communities. He is a governor at a primary school, committee member of a social group, member of the Patient Participation Group with the CCG to review their processes and materials, has been a […]

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Meet Our Reporters: Bob Alston

June 24, 2019 by in category Talking About My Generation

FULL NAME: Bob Alston AGE: 65 REPORTER PATCH: Tameside A proud Mancunian, reds fan, and retired engineer and teacher, Bob volunteers at Age UK Tameside and the Grafton Centre, Hyde and has an interest in anything with an engine, photography and his family. He wants to use his photography skills in the Talking About My Generation campaign, as well as […]

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