THE owner of Eastbourne Pier is looking for 50 older people from across Sussex worthy of special recognition for the work they have done.

Saturday October 1 is Older People’s Day 2016 – an international day created to recognise and celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society.

Sheikh Abid Gulzar is staging a celebration afternoon tea on September 30 from 2.30pm to 4pm.

He wants to invite 50 older people and their families for free tea, sandwiches and cake at the Ocean Suite on the pier.

Mr Gulzar said: "I am a firm supporter of older people and always have been. I am 71 and I admire so many people who are now in their late 60s, 70s, 80s or even older.

"I think the idea of Older People’s Day is a great one, so I want to play my very small part in celebrating what us oldens do.

"I would like Argus readers to nominate themselves - or a family member. I want to hear stories of what people have achieved.

"It may be what they have done in the past, it may be what they do now. It may be helping others, it may be running a community project, or it may be just making other people smile.

"Then, on September 30, we will all get together, have a bit of fun, a dance if they want and we can bring a smile to people's faces."

Each winner will be honoured by Mr Gulzar with a special framed gold award. Guests of the winner are also invited free of charge and Mr Gulzar will share some of the special stories during the event.

He said: "I think everyone knows that I like a bit of gold, so a gold award seems appropriate."

To nominate a special person send a letter to Mr Gulzar c/o Mansion Lions Hotel, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3YS.

The deadline is September 20.