Be fab at 50!

FEELING fabulous at 50-plus has never been easier, thanks to a new event co-organised by the Courier.

Dancing, cookery, financial advice, keep fit and painting are just some of the attractions at next month’s exhibition, which celebrates life over 50.

Time of Your Life, held at the Yorkshire Exhibition Centre in Harrogate from April 2-3, will showcase the many lifestyle choices available to this fast-growing age group, as well as providing some food for thought.

The two-day event, co-organised by newspapers throughout the north of England, including the Courier, will be officially opened by newsreader Selina Scott.

Selina, 59, will spend time with competition winners and mixing with guests at the event.

She said: “For many of us, 50 really is the new 30. We’re just as energetic, enthusiastic and engaged as we were 20 years ago, but we also now have the time and resources to indulge our passions.

“There are so many options open to us. It can be a fantastic time in a person’s life.”

Visitors to Time of Your Life will be able to try yoga and t’ai chi, learn basic Nordic walking techniques and take to the floor for some line-dancing or jive, with demonstrations from 1940s DJ outfit GI Jive.

Former England football goalkeeper Peter Shilton OBE MBE – who holds the record for playing more games for England than any other player – will also be mingling with guests.

Having recently taken part in the BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing, 61-year-old Peter will be showing off his moves with competition winners.

For those who prefer to globe-trot rather than foxtrot, travel experts will be on hand to suggest the best ideas and itineraries for world tours, and for the foodies there’ll be live cookery theatre – with opportunities to sample the results.

The event will include presentations from leading financial experts, and auctioneers Morphets of Harrogate will be there to value visitors’ antiques and collectables – free of charge.

Every visitor to the exhibition will also have the chance to win one of four two-hour consultancies with personal development specialist Ian Marshall.

But organisers say that, alongside all the fun, the event will also have a more thought-provoking side.

“Over 65s, for example, will make up nearly a quarter of the population by 2033. What’s more, their spending power is growing: last year, it hit the £100 billion mark.

“Governments and providers of goods and services ignore older people at their peril. This is their time, and this event is a celebration of that.”

Tickets cost £5, or £9 for two, and can be booked by visiting www.time-of-your-life.com or calling 01422 260277 between 8.30am and 5pm.

l For full details of how to win breakfast with Selina or a dance with Peter, visit www.time-of-your-life.com.