Young and old came together during one of the first events held at Mitcham’s pioneering Intergenerational Centre - the product of a landmark project to bridge the gap between ages and unite the community.

The country’s first centre of its kind was opened by Mayor Boris Johnson in November and last Friday children and pensioners performed music and dance shows side by side.

Lonesome Primary School pupils and members of Mitcham’s Positive Network Group took part in routines at the centre in Acacia Road ranging from Caribbean dance to singing the Lambeth Walk.

Grace Salmon from Positive Network said: “It’s so important for older members of the community to pass on their knowledge and skills to younger people and this event was a great start. By June we hope to be going to the centre twice a week.”