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Beside the Seaside in Lichfield

12th August, 2011

Residents and staff from Beacon Park Village have recently spent five days at the seaside - without even leaving the area!

Keir Pedley with resident Tom Manders relaxing on his deckchair and dressed specially for the occasion

In fact, according to Village Activities Facilitator Keir Pedley, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust's village was transformed into a miniature Blackpool.

"We hired lots of equipment to turn the village into a holiday camp and most of our residents dressed as though they were on holiday at the famous seaside resort," says Keir.

Among the many activities was a Punch and Judy show at the end of the 'pier', loads of candy floss, regular bingo sessions, a cheese and wine party on the prom, and cut-out figures. On Tuesday's family fun day, they were entertained by a clown.

The week ended with a colourful seaside presentation based on the TV show 'Backstage Blackpool'. The entertainers were vocalist Carol Kay and comedian Laye D'Johns who are both spending the summer season at the resort.

Also during the week was a knobbly knees competition and this was won by resident Pearl Spooner. "I was thrilled to win the competition and I enjoyed all the events I went to. It was a wonderful week," she says.

Pearl (72) moved into Beacon Park with her husband Harry in 2009. "We love it here and enjoy all the events we attend," she says.

Picture: Village Activities Facilitator Keir Pedley with resident Tom Manders relaxing on his deckchair and dressed specially for the occasion.

For further information, please contact:

Lucy Henson, PR officer
07970 951 208
lucy.henson@extracare.org.uk