Garden party marks 30 years

Rita Hilton and her family at the Moorings in St Annes
Rita Hilton and her family at the Moorings in St Annes
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Residents, family, friends and care teams celebrated the 30th anniversary of a St Annes-based rest homes group.

It was a joint celebration for the Lakeview Rest Homes’ four homes –The Moorings, Rosewood Lodge, Lake View and Newfield Lodge – as The Moorings hosted a special 1980s garden party.

The event saw the 200 guests raising money for Brian House Children’s Hospice and The Diana Award.

Claire Henning, sales and relationship manager, said: “We have been busy for weeks and were all praying for the sun to come out and it certainly did.

“We could not have asked for better weather or a better occasion.”

Joe ‘Nicey’ Nice, aka Royal Marine Joe Mc Phee, proved the perfect Master of Ceremonies, and he changed persona to Dj as GI Joe and entertained everyone with 80s music, including Wham, Rick Astley and many others.

Resident Audrey Edwards said:“What a great afternoon.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves and the music was brilliant – I felt like getting up to dance, and at the very least it got my feet tapping!”

There was something for everyone, including various stalls, food and entertainment.

A children’s entertainer, and the Magic Circle Magicians kept youngsters amused.

For some the Club Tropicana Bar proved a popular and thirst quenching attraction, whilst others, such as residents Clive Fort and Kath Sharples enjoyed a quick ride in “Daisy,” Lakeview’s classic car.

This 1937 Morris 8, four seat drop-head tourer was skillfully driven, on this occasion, by director and fellow co-founder of Lakeview, Peter Wood senior.

Peter Wood senior said: “I can’t believe that it is 30 years since my wife Marie opened our first rest home.

“How proud she would have been!

“Sadly she passed away earlier this yea but she would have loved to see this. All her family, and by that she meant her own family, residents and their families, our care teams and all those involved at Lakeview, enjoying an sharing in this special occasion.”

“Daisy” had a double role that day – not just providing a classic drive, but also featuring in the Lakeview Charity Auction too.

As Peter’s son and fellow director Pete said: “This charity auction is to raise money for our chosen charities Brian House and the Diana Award. Brian House has been specially designed to offer specialised respite care in a child friendly environment.”

And Peter senior’s other son Nick, who is also actively involved in the family business, said: “Events like this allow the Lakeview family to come together to do something worthwhile.”