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George Bell loves later life!

'My wife and I both originally came from the Ormeau Road area of Belfast. We had been together for over 45 years and when she died suddenly, there were so many people who attended her funeral that I hadn't seen for ages. It was wonderful to see them and to feel their kindness.'

'We all agreed to meet in the Ulster Museum month later so that we could catch up with each other. Afterwards, we walked around the Holyland area were we grew up together to see how much our district had changed over the intervening years. And from that nostalgic wander came the genesis of an idea to hold a reunion of people who grew up with us in the same Holyland district!'

Stories and memories

'Former residents were encouraged to come along and share their stories and memories of life in our Holyland reunion at an event last May. It was a great success and another event was planned in Botanic School.'

'Many unknowns face us later life. I have found that networking with former friends was a truly positive way of building my own support networks to cope with personal change. Finding a little bit of the past again has help me to love later life in the present.'

'I absolutely love the opportunities I have in later life to have fun and help others to have fun too.'

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