Celebrating a right royal day

Our homes hosted lots of events to enable residents and their families to share in the royal wedding celebrations.

Newstone House was a prime example with an indoor street party and a display of wedding dresses loaned by members of the community.

Companionship Team Leader Rebekah Goddard said: “We wanted to encourage residents to share memories of their own weddings, so I put a message on social media asking for dresses – and they just kept coming. We had gowns of all colours and designs, from the 1930s to present day. We even had local shops coming forward to loan us mannequins.”

As she viewed the display, resident Catherine Matthews reflected on her own wedding in 1948 when she and husband Ralph were in the army

She said: “We married in the local church where we were living in civvy digs. It was three days after I turned 21 and I wore a loaned dress.”

Amberwood House in Ferndown was among other homes holding parties. Julia Hough, Companionship Team Leader, said: “Lots of our residents have taken the Royal Family to their hearts over many decades and they were really excited.”

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