OAPs do love to be beside the seaside

Kath Cottam and Sue Thurston are both from Sheffield and visit Blackpool every year for the Pensioners' Parliament.
Kath Cottam and Sue Thurston are both from Sheffield and visit Blackpool every year for the Pensioners' Parliament.
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Two Sheffield pensioners debated the big issues by taking part in the National Pensioners’ Parliament.

The annual event was held at Blackpool Opera House and more than 1,000 pensioners from across the UK descended on the resort for a three-day conference to discuss their rights.

The conference, which ended yesterday, has been held in Blackpool for more than 20 years.

On the agenda this year were issues ranging from state benefits and the fuel allowance to hospital care and uniting younger and older generations.

Kath Cottam and Sue Thurston, who are both from Sheffield, visit Blackpool every year for the Pensioners’ Parliament.

Sue, who has been visiting for more than 10 years, said: “This is a great way of bringing all pensioners together because the grey vote has a big impact.

“We love the fact that the Parliament is held in Blackpool every year because the place is just wonderful.

“There has been so much work done over the last few years and a great job has been done with the seafront and shopping area.”

Sue added: “I have been visiting Blackpool since my honeymoon here 49 years ago and we’ve seen so much improvement over the years. It’s great to come back every year.”

And Kath, who has been attending for the last five years, said: “This is all about trying to support pensioners and it’s also a great way of getting information about all the things we are fighting for.

“To come to Blackpool to do that is great because the town looks brilliant.

“It’s a lovely place to visit and I’m staying longer than just the Parliament because I enjoy being here so much.”