‘Wakey Wakey Club’ says its final goodnight

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Almost half a century ago a group of young mums decided they were bored with talking about nothing but nappies and children.

The women, who met at the gates of the former Castles School in West Bletchley, formed the Wakey Wakey Club to liven up their routine.

At its peak the club had 92 members, meeting one evening a week to entertain themselves with everything from keep fit classes to fancy dress parties.

This month, with only five surviving pensioners left as members, the Wakey Wakey Club said its final goodnight.

“We’re all a bit old now so we thought it was time to close,” said founder member Maureen McDonald, who is 74.

“We’ve had such lovely times over the years. I don’t know what we would have done without the Wakey Wakey Club.”

She and fellow members Eve Hankins, Betty Knight, Jenny Whiting and Mary Hobbs met for a farewell lunch at Shenley retirement village.

They still plan to meet up as friends a few times a year.