Hundreds of people went to the Malden Centre on Saturday, November 25, for a day of free birthday celebrations to mark 30 years of the iconic community hub.

There were free classes, including tai chi, tap dancing, fitness boot camp and belly-dancing.

Collecting buckets and a raffle took the current total for the Malden Centre’s charity of the year, St Georges’ Neuro Appeal, to £2500.

Adult education manager Sue Wilson said; “What better way to celebrate three decades of the Malden Centre than to see the place packed full of people, popping in all day? From belly-dancing to boot-camp, tai-chi to tap dancing, many visitors also came along to try something new for the first time and the feedback was fantastic.

“The Malden Centre has been at the centre of the community for 30 years and it was great to see so many visitors young and old coming along to join in the fun.”

The centre comprises a gym, sports hall and pool, and also offers about 150 adult education courses, with more than 1,000 people enrolled.

The oldest tutor, who teaches French conversation, is 93 years old.

Remaining at the heart of the community, more than 1,600 children take part in the swimming school at the centre, and there are approximately 2,200 gym members.