Cooriedoon cel­e­brates 30 years with gar­den party

The Arran Banner - - News - Colin Smee­ton edi­tor@ar­ran­ban­ner.co.uk

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.

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Above, con­tenders for the most el­e­gant hat competition.

01_B21­cooriedoon05; right, founder Celia But­ler re­ceives flow­ers by Gwen Walker and Greg But­ler.

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Singer Mike Bai­ley en­ter­tained the crowds while chil­dren put the bouncy cas­tle to good use.

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Vis­i­tors were greeted at the en­trance to the gar­den party with a cham­pagne re­cep­tion.

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Elaine Kelso en­joys a sam­ple of the holis­tic ther­a­pies on of­fer from Jill McKil­lop.

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Gar­den party vis­i­tors were treated to an ar­ray of savoury snacks dur­ing the af­ter­noon.

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