Birthday bash for centenarian Bess

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Dozens of people enjoyed a garden party at a Morpeth care home, which was held to celebrate a landmark birthday.

The event at Riverside House included special guests Nic Best, the Mayor of Morpeth, and Mayoress Joan Howard.

They congratulated Bessie McKay, who was born in Blyth and lived in the town for many years, for turning 100 and presented her card from the Queen. The party included stalls, refreshments and entertainer Colin Summers, with all the money raised going towards extra treats for residents during the summer.

Taking part on National Care Home Day, which saw care homes throughout the UK opening their doors to the public to show people what they are really about, the event allowed members of the public to take a look around Riverside House and talk to members of staff about the specialist care on offer.

Manager Annette Stephens said: “Bessie really enjoyed her 100th birthday celebration and it was fantastic that everyone at the home, and members of the local community, were able to share her special day.

“It was lovely to see Bessie having such a good time and we’d like to say a special thank you to the Mayor and the Mayoress for joining in with the celebration.

“The event also gave members of the public an opportunity to take a look around our excellent facilities, talk about the specialist care we have on offer and see what we are really about at Riverside House.”




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