Residents get the Bond experience at the Royal Albert Hall

James Bond fans from the central area were thrilled by the chance to enjoy an afternoon listening to the best of John Barry played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra over at the Royal Albert Hall.

It was the late John Barry that famously composed the music for films including the James Bond theme tune, ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’.

John MacDonald, community engagement officer, spied an advert for the Friendship Matinee and managed to get tickets for over 100 residents to enjoy the event for just £5 each. It was the first ever Friendship Matinee which was arranged as part of ‘Silver Sunday’ to celebrate older residents and their contribution to local communities.

Dot Morris from Wharncliffe Gardens said: “I played table tennis in a final at the Royal Albert hall in the 1970’s and this is quite a different experience. Much more relaxing, the music was fantastic.”

John Figgett, chair of the Wharncliffe Gardens Residents' Association said: “It was great for the central AMC to sponsor the tickets so that residents got to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Albert Hall which would normally cost over £50."

Nick Richards, head of CityWest Direct (central), said: “A dry martini, shaken not stirred, and of course an Aston Martin waiting outside the Albert Hall to get me back to the office was all that was needed to complete the afternoon."

View the highlights of the day below.

Photo 1: Nick Richards and Karen Harris, scheme manager from Pinner Court
Photo 2: Dot Morris and Pat Cooper from Wharncliffe gardens estate

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