A sea of women in red and purple descended into Cambridge for the first ever ‘hoot’ held in the city.
The members of the colourfully dressed Red Hat Society are part of a worldwide phenomenon; a social club for women over 50. Visitors to Cambridge for the hoot came from around the UK as well as America and Canada.
The Red Hat Society, which was started 13 years ago, organise lively days out for members. These events have included quad-biking, Segway riding as well as fun filled parties.
Since the club’s inception in California in 1998, it has gained over boasts 80,000 international members and 105 chapters in the UK and the society now welcomes women of all ages. 60 members of the Red Hat Society gathered at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street wearing purple and lilac clothing and red or pink hats.
The event was organised by Dorry Squirrel, Queen of the Bardwell Batty Bees in Suffolk: “We had corresponded and arranged to meet up in Cambridge but it snowballed from there when others, including our American friends asked to join. The group gives women the chance to do something they have always wanted to do but for whatever reason have never managed to – it can help fulfil their bucket list.”
57 year old, Mrs Granich, from Los Angeles, said: “We heard there was a meeting here and thought ‘why not come up and celebrate with ladies from the UK? I describe the society as a ladies’ playgroup. It is fun and makes life more enjoyable but also has the ability to play a more serious role as a strong international support group.
“We have helped people in the past who have been depressed, contemplated suicide or maybe are very unwell with heart disease or cancer.”