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Mayor joins in the seaside fun at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

RUGBY Art Gallery and Museum was decked out in deck chairs to celebrate the traditional British seaside holiday at the By The Seaside Picnic.

The venue turned back the sands of time to seaside holidays of the past for the picnic, which supported The Good Times, the Art Gallery and Museum's pioneering project to improve the health and wellbeing of older people in the town.

Beside The SeasideThe free event encouraged young and old to come together to enjoy a feast of seaside-themed fun, with board games, hook-a-duck, sensory play sessions and a host of art and craft activities, including pebble painting.

And the Art Gallery and Museum's Maia Cafe served up ice creams to complete the authentic seaside experience.

The Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Tom Mahoney, was a special guest at Wednesday's (15 August) Beside The Seaside Picnic.

He said: "It was lovely to meet so many people, young and old, who were enjoying the activities or simply having a cup of tea and a chat.

"The Good Times project is all about bringing people together and the picnic was a great success."

The Good Times offers a range of free sessions tailored to tackle loneliness and isolation by increasing social interaction.

The project, which has received funding from Public Health Warwickshire and the Friends of the Hospital of St Cross, runs sessions at Age UK's Claremont Centre, the Hospital of St Cross, and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

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Photo caption: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside - The Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Tom Mahoney, joined (left to right) Caleb, Mia, Jessica Hartshorn, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum's senior learning and outreach officer, Evie and Harvey at the Beside The Seaside Picnic.

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