A NINETY-FIVE year age gap did not stop youngsters in Highworth joining in the fun with some Golden Oldies to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee yesterday.

The group of pensioners, who are based just outside Bath, travelled to High-worth Warneford School as part of their Big Lottery-funded Time After Time schools intergenerational project, Jubilee Time after Time.

Also taking part in the event in the school hall which was decorated in red, white and blue flags, were children from Eastrop, Westrop, Southfields and St Leonard’s schools.

And with some of the youngest participants aged just five and the eldest celebrating her 100th birthday last Saturday, the event was a perfect opportunity for a range of different generations to come together in song.

Music teacher Jane Smale said the Golden Oldies were treated to a Jubilee tea before the singing session thanks to the students in the Design & Technology department, who baked scones and cakes.

She said: “It has been an absolutely brilliant event, the children are just buzzing – they have loved it.

“Being able to share the music together is just fantastic, with children as young as five to a lady of 100 all coming together, smiling, singing and enjoying themselves.

“I think the Golden Oldies enjoy seeing the children share with them.”

The visitors joined in with the children as they sang classics including Summer Holiday and Hi Ho Silver Lining, while the children showed off their vocal chords as they performed a mixture of old and new songs including Forget You and We Will Rock You.

Golden Oldies session leaders Abby Rakes and Dan Golding said the event was a huge success.

“It is about getting the kids to understand that even if you are old, you are still young at heart,” said Abby.

“We have had some really positive comments and I think the Golden Oldies really look forward to it.

“They enjoy the opportunity to spend time with the kids and I think they also like being able to compare school nowadays to how it was in their day.”

The Golden Oldies Jubilee Time after Time project has been selected in the top 10 Best Educational Project category in the 2012 Lottery Awards.

To vote visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards.

For more information visit www.jubileetimeafter time.org.uk.