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Retiree, 79, serenades Diane Abbott at Upper Clapton 'knit and natter' club

PUBLISHED: 13:53 02 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:53 02 May 2018

MP Diane Abbott visits the Lea View Social Club's knit and natter group. Picture: Hanover Housing

MP Diane Abbott visits the Lea View Social Club's knit and natter group. Picture: Hanover Housing

Hanover Housing

Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane
Abbott was treated to a personal serenade from 79-year-old Laurence Jeffrey when she visited a "knit and natter" group in Upper Clapton.

MP Diane Abbott visits the Lea View Social Club's knit and natter group. Picture: Hanover Housing MP Diane Abbott visits the Lea View Social Club's knit and natter group. Picture: Hanover Housing

The group is helping retirees combat loneliness and isolation.

The fortnightly social club at Lea View House in Jessam Avenue allows residents to catch up on the latest gossip over a cup of tea and a ball of wool.

It was set up by Hanover’s housing association’s estate manager Pat Blake, after she noticed some of the residents were becoming more “aloof” because of a lack of motivation and decreased mobility.

The veteran MP witnessed first-hand the difference the club is making, and enjoyed Laurence’s rendition of pop crooner Al Martino’s hit Here In My Heart.

MP Diane Abbott visits the Lea View Social Club's knit and natter group. Picture: Hanover Housing MP Diane Abbott visits the Lea View Social Club's knit and natter group. Picture: Hanover Housing

Pat said: “Over the past few months it has been an exhilarating and rewarding experience to see how the club has touched the lives of residents.”

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