Historic homes site toasts anniversary
ONE of the first sheltered housing schemes of its kind is celebrating its sixtieth birthday.
The pioneering Queen’s Close in Worsley, now managed by City West Housing Trust, was declared a standardsetter by the Worsley Journal when it opened in 1954.
It was one of the nation’s first schemes to include separate individual bungalows with a warden on-site, a model politicians at the time hoped would be copied by other authorities. Sixty years on, there are similar schemes up and down the country.
City West Independent Living Service held a 1950s party to celebrate the milestone.
It was attended by Councillor Bernard Pennington, whose father originally opened the scheme 60 years ago, as well as residents such as Irene Hall.
Irene, who has lived at Queen’s Close for 16 years, said: “The event was brilliant and the props, smells, food and games really captured the atmosphere of the fifties.”
She added: “This is a great place to live with a real community spirit.”
Matt Jones, assistant director of communities and neighbourhoods at City West, said Queen’s Close was set up to help people live independently.
He said: “A fantastic community has been built at the scheme over the years and this was a great occasion for everyone to come together and celebrate another significant milestone in its history.”
Councillor Bernard Pennington with, left to right, Lorri Holding, Hollie Briggs, Hazel Southgate, Charlotte Pilling, Dawn Crossley, Elaine Hulme and Rebecca Ogujor