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Anthony Wilding puts on a special show for Mother's day

There was a hint of romance in the air on Friday, as the ladies of Anthony Wilding Retirement Village made their way to the atrium for a special high tea.

No men were allowed on the day as this was not just any normal afternoon tea. No, this was a tea to celebrate mothers!

“There were many men wanting to come as well, but unfortunately this was a Mother’s Day tea,” said village manager Sharon Armstrong.

Because the tea was so close to the wedding of the season, that of Prince Henry (Harry to those who don’t know) of Wales and Meghan Markle, the village staff were receiving a lot of wedding photos from residents.

“Suddenly Julie and Claire had this idea and we decided to see if residents still had their wedding dresses,” said Sharon.

There were, in fact, four residents who still had theirs; Denise Salisbury, Pat Kircher, Frances French-Wright and Rose Foster.

The village decided to combine the two and the afternoon tea turned into a high tea fashion show.

To make the day special, caregiver Eve Ojales, made a fantastic wedding cake to be enjoyed by everyone and there was also a special raffle for a hamper pack.

Activities coordinator Julie Barnes was the host for the afternoon, and regaled the guests with tales and jokes while the residents enjoyed cups of tea and delicious treats.

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Resident BJ Maskell, 93, greatly enjoyed the afternoon. She came to the event armed with her wedding photos as she didn’t have her dress anymore.

“My husband was a Second Lieutenant at the time and had to get permission to marry me out of uniform,” says BJ.

“Weddings are special, I can still remember how over the moon we were on the day,” she said while looking at her photos.

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