A GROUP of energetic pensioners from Age UK Dudley proved age is no barrier to fun when they enjoyed an action-packed afternoon at Merry Hill’s new Quest adventure complex at Merry Hill.

Members swapped gentle exercise, IT and art classes for ice-skating, Nerf Blasters and climbing to great heights on the centre’s new high ropes course - the highest of its kind in Europe.

High ropes manager and ex-RAF fitness instructor Mark Knox said: “It was amazing to see everyone giving all the attractions a go.”

Jenny Worwood, Springboard Project co-ordinator for Age UK Dudley, said members enjoyed “an afternoon to remember filled with laughter and achievement”.

Gutsy pensioner Pam Pedley, aged 71, said: “It was absolutely brilliant and I got such a buzz from the experience, I can’t stop talking about it and telling everyone.”

Christmas skating at the centre’s outdoor ice rink, surrounded by a festive market, is available daily from 10am to 8pm until Sunday January 6.

Skate sessions cost £7.95 for seniors for a 45-minute session. Pre-booking is recommended.

Senior Ice Skating Club sessions also run from 1pm to 3pm during term time, priced £4.95 per session.

For more information visit website www.thequest.co.uk or call 01384 261425.