The long and the short and the tall ……they were all there, as were almost 100 older members of the Bearsted community.

The parish council rolled out the red carpet and hung up the bunting at the WI Hall for its over 60s, treating them to a free afternoon out at a good old-fashioned Victorian Music Hall.

The Players Theatre Club from Bloomsbury brought along Pearly King Peter John and guest artistes including Miss Julia Sutton, Miss Helen Watson and multi-talented musician Mr Andy Eastwood.

Ironically, Mr Richard Winch almost didn’t make it for his 1940s tribute to the motor car – after being held up in traffic on the M25!

The audience – which included Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Derek Butler and the Mayoress Mrs Mary Butler - joined in with singing along to all the old favourites including Knees up Mother Brown, My Old Man said Follow the Van and Daisy, Daisy.

There was a free raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and Tesco provided the tea and biscuit which were served to guests by the ladies of Bearsted and Thurnham WI and the local girl guides.

Spot Travel provided a free minibus shuttle to the hall from Madginford and there was a collection for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Cllr Tony Ryan, who was one of the principal organisers, said: “It was a great community event, with everyone pulling together to put on a fantastic afternoon. We have had some wonderful feedback from those who came along. Or, as the late, great Leonard Sachs might have said, it was an ‘indupitably splendiferous celebration’!”