CARDIGAN town mayor Cllr Debra Griffiths hopes a senior citizens lunch at Cardigan Castle next month will encourage pensioners to get back out and socialise after enduring 18 months of the Covid pandemic.

Cllr Griffiths, who is herself recovering from the virus, is hosting the event at the 1176 Restaurant at 12.30pm on October 13 which she believes will provide a welcome boost for elderly members of the community.

“Most people haven't been out socialising because of the Covid virus and I think this will be beneficial to people who attend,” she told the Tivy-Side. “They can catch up with their friends who maybe they haven't seen for a while.

“People have become lonely within their own settings and have been afraid to go anywhere.

“I'm hoping that this outing to the castle will encourage them to come out within safety rules and enjoy each other’s company, maybe gain a little more confidence, have a meal and explore the history of Cardigan Castle.

“I am looking forward to this day out myself and can’t wait to meet up with everyone.”

Those attending will enjoy a three-course meal as well as a tour of the castle grounds.

Transport can be provided if requested in advance. Anyone looking to book a reservation - which will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis - should contact town clerk Eleri Maskell on 01239 621527/07813 647896 or at