PENSIONERS are calling for respect and dignity as part of their new National Dignity Day celebrations.

Bridgwater Baptist Church will play host to a day of music, songs and readings from members of the community on the theme of dignity.

Many pensioners feel that they are not always treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, particularly those in care homes.

The National Pensioners' Convention, who helped to organise the day, has produced a dignity code which Bridgwater Senior Citizens' Forum has asked Sedgemoor District Council to adopt as part of their code of practice for treatment of elderly people.

Music at the event will be provided by the Somerset community choir and the Bridgwater Baptist minister and musician Rosemary Eaton and Wiltshire folk singer Rosie Upton.

Rosie will start the proceedings with a performance of 'A Life Worth Living', a song written by Merseyside pensioner Pete McGovern.

There will also be personal contributions and readings from local people on the meaning and importance of dignity.

The event starts at 2pm on Saturday, February 1. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.