A right royal good time for res­i­dents

The Leader (Nelson) - - WHAT’S ON - MATT SLAUGH­TER

Res­i­dents at the Ernest Ruther­ford Re­tire­ment Vil­lage have been de­lighted by a visit from roy­alty as part of their Queen’s Birth­day Week­end cel­e­bra­tions.

They were treated to an ap­pear­ance from Queen El­iz­a­beth II im­per­son­ator Tracy Al­lan on Fri­day, who could have eas­ily been mis­taken for Her Royal High­ness her­self.

Orig­i­nally from Eng­land, Al­lan said play­ing the role had been an easy way to give back to a de­serv­ing group.

‘‘I’ve just moved to the Nel­son com­mu­nity so I thought it was such a won­der­ful way to con­nect with the older gen­er­a­tion.’’

Al­lan ar­rived in true royal fash­ion, dressed in full cos­tume, in a red 1991 Rolls Royce do­nated and driven by Car­tel Garage owner Mike Wil­son.

Wil­son said he did not hes­i­tate when asked to pro­vide the car to such a wor­thy cause.

‘‘We’ve all got only so much ex­cite­ment in our lives and if we can add to that ex­cite­ment then that’s a nice thing for us to be able to do.’’

Al­lan vis­ited res­i­dents in the vil­lage’s hos­pi­tal, spe­cial care unit and rest home, knight­ing them as she went.

Res­i­dents got into the spirit of the oc­ca­sion, singing God Save The Queen to show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Event or­gan­iser Rose Shep­ard said that the visit brought ab­so­lute joy to the res­i­dents.

‘‘There was no neg­a­tiv­ity, it was re­ally fun, lots of smiles, they re­ally en­joyed it’’.

Shep­ard said de­spite the ef­fort that had gone into or­gan­is­ing the oc­ca­sion, see­ing the res­i­dents’ re­ac­tions made it all worth­while.

‘‘Just see­ing their faces, ba­si­cally, was re­ally nice and the com­ments af­ter­wards were just laugh­ter and rem­i­nisc­ing about the fun that had just hap­pened.

‘‘It’s al­ways a good thing.’’


Queen El­iz­a­beth II im­per­son­ator Tracy Al­lan ‘‘knights’’ Ernest Ruther­ford Reres­i­dent Pa­tri­cia Dickinson.

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