Cooriedoon celebrates 30 years with garden party
Private care home Cooriedoon in Whiting Bay marked its 30th birthday with an elegant garden party, where residents, visitors and staff enjoyed a host of activities and events on a sunny afternoon.
Original founder Celia Butler joined in the celebrations and was presented with a bouquet of flowers from care manager Gwen Walker, while long-standing nurse Elaine Kelso was presented with a long-term service gift.
The celebrations took place in the superbly manicured gardens of the impressive sandstone building which was built in 1900 and suitably started life as the Whiting Bay Hotel.
With a nod to the colourful mixture of nationalities working at the residential home, the garden was adorned with exotic Indian, Philippine, Israeli and Scottish ornaments in the cultural garden.
Elsewhere in the garden, visitors and residents enjoyed strawberries and cream, sandwiches and patisseries, and Coorie curry, while children were entertained at the bouncy castle and with face painting.
Residents enjoyed holistic therapies and massages from Jill McKillop as everyone was entertained by the harmonic sounds of Arran singer Mike Bailey.
Appropriate for the spring sunshine, a ‘most elegant hat’ competition and a raffle added to the fun atmos- phere of the day. The afternoon’s celebrations were rounded off with thank you speeches and a symbolic release of peace balloons by Gilbert Norris.
Above, contenders for the most elegant hat competition.
01_B21cooriedoon05; right, founder Celia Butler receives flowers by Gwen Walker and Greg Butler.
Singer Mike Bailey entertained the crowds while children put the bouncy castle to good use.
Visitors were greeted at the entrance to the garden party with a champagne reception.
Elaine Kelso enjoys a sample of the holistic therapies on offer from Jill McKillop.
Garden party visitors were treated to an array of savoury snacks during the afternoon.