OLDER people from Darlington gathered yesterday for a musical extravaganza.

The event in the Market Square marked the end of a month-long Darlington Borough Council promotion called Darlington Active, Independent, Staying Young (Daisy).

The programme aimed to encourage people over 50 to play a more active role in their commnunity and to get involved in events organised around the town.

Various competitions, including baking and needlework, were held throughout the month, all supported by The Northern Echo.

Jill Walton, warden services manager for the council, said: "All the events have been really well attended and the finale in the Market Square was a great success. We had a constant stream of people visiting our stalls and listening to the entertainment throughout the day. We hope we have encouraged more people to take advantage of the facilities on offer in the town."