MHA Harwood Court, which is the oldest care home in the town of Cramlington, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday 27th July, with a 60s themed party lasting throughout the day.
To mark the milestone, staff donned fancy dress and set up a VW camper van photo booth, which they had designed themselves out of a piece of wood.
There were performances from the Cramlington Community Choir and local singer Blake Daniels, while stalls were set up selling jewellery, hand embroidery and sweets.
A 3-metre stone circle, donated by J Tomlinson’s, was laid down in the garden by employee Paul Bacon. Paul also ran into the North Sea on Boxing Day to raise money for a path to lead up to the circle as well as a canopy and lights. The home now plans to use this area as an outdoor stage.
The residents’ families, local businesses and other care homes in the area were all invited to take part in the fun too.
The home was first opened in 1969 by Lady Harwood, when much of the local community turned out to celebrate. On the day there was standing room only, so announcements had to be made through a tannoy which was set up outside.
Caroline Thomas, Home Manager, said: “Our party on Saturday was such a memorable occasion for everyone at Harwood Court – and a fantastic way to celebrate this significant milestone. The team here continue to work hard to provide residents with the very best residential care in later life.
“The landscaped garden is our pride and joy, so the new stone circle is a lovely addition which both residents and staff can enjoy. I’m sure our two chickens, who live out there in ‘Pluckingham Palace’, will enjoy pecking around it too!”