More than 120 people enjoyed two Alice In Wonderland themed event for older people, courtesy of Halton Borough Council.

Easter eggs were given out to all who dressed up, for birthdays and some for prizes for the free raffles all donated by the Halton Job Centre.

The Sure Start to Later Life events also featured singer, Leanne James, at Grangeway who relived the 50s to the 80s and John George, aMarc Bolan tribute at Upton.

There was food and drinks served to the table, entertainment and a free raffle. All for ÂŁ5 a head.

You don’t have to go through the looking glass to get there to go to these events. There is one in Runcorn and one in Widnes each month.

The Alice in Wonderland events took place on Monday 8 April at Grangeway Community Centre and 16 April at Upton.

Organiser Suzanne Toner, of Halton Borough Council, said: “We try and bring something different to each event, with themes, which people really enjoy.

“For some people it may be the only time they really get out and socialise and for others it’s a great chance for them to keep active and catch up with friends.”

Other events planned: Country and Western, May 13/21. The Wizard Of Oz, June 10/18; Elvis and the 50s, July 8/16; Seaside Holiday Camp, August 12/20; The Oscars, Monday 9/17 September; Halloween October 14/22 and Armed Forces Past and Present from on November 11/19.

Please book in advance.To secure your place, please contact the Sure Start To Later Life team on 01928 569498 or pop into Grangeway to book.

* Research in Psychology Today website shows these main benefits of having an active social life:

1.You may live longer. People with more social support tend to live longer than those who are more isolated, and this is true even after accounting for your overall level of health.

2.You will enjoy better physical health. Social engagement is associated with a stronger immune system, especially for older adults. This means that you are better able to fight off colds, the flu, and even some types of cancer.

3.You will enjoy better mental health. Interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression. Research has shown that one sure way of improving your mood is to work on building social connections.

4.You may even lower your risk of dementia. More recently, there has been accumulating evidence that socialising is good for your brain health.

5.People who connect with others generally perform better on tests of memory and other cognitive skills. And, in the long run, people with active social lives are less likely to develop dementia than those who are more socially isolated.