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We're not so scary after all; HALLOWEEN: Children and older folk share some treats.

Byline: By Christina Savvas

TEENAGERS in Coventry created a 'spooktacular' day for residents at a care home.

Pupils from The Westwood School visited The Willows care home, in Earlsdon to make Halloween masks for residents as part of a community scheme.

The visit celebrated the UK's first official Older People's Day and gave 12-14 year olds the chance to bridge the gap with people up to the age of 102.

Westwood's assistant head teacher for student welfare Steve Connor said: "We have taken part in activities at the Willows before as part of our community cohesion programme, which the students all thoroughly enjoyed.

"Most of all, however, they were truly fascinated and amused by the entertaining stories of people who were their age as far back as the 1920s.

"It's extremely good for them to mix with different generations, breaking down barriers which can lead to ignorance and discrimination, while also learning how to conduct themselves out in the community. Perhaps this time they'll be told some ghoulish stories from the past."

Tricia Allen, home manager of the Adept Care Group home in Westminster Road, said: "We thought the students would enjoy helping residents create some grotesque masks, while having a good chinwag about their different experiences of growing up."

UK Older People's Day is the chance to celebrate the achievements of the 20 million people aged over 50 and the huge contribution they make to society.

The initiative is supported by the Department for Work and Pensions in conjunction with a range of other government departments.

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YOUNG AND OLD... Westwood School pupils Alex Simpson, 14, (left), Yazmin Townsend, 13 and Drew Lyons, 13, with Willows care home residents Edith Hurst (second left) and Hazel Bryden. Picture: Joe Bailey DJ011008MASK1
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Date:Oct 3, 2008
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