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Stoke retirement residents celebrate a right royal visit

24 May 2016

Coming up to The Queen’s official 90th birthday in June, retirement residents from Stoke-on-Trent have been celebrating the 30th anniversary of their own royal visit with a very special guest.

Three decades

Earlier this month, residents from Sanctuary Housing-owned Etruria Locks retirement scheme organised and funded a party to mark the anniversary of it's opening, with the official opening ceremony in 1986 being performed by Her Majesty The Queen.

Special guest

Guest of honour at the get-together was 93-year-old Ivy Booth, who was the first resident at the scheme. After the event had been officially opened by Ivy, residents enjoyed an array of tasty food and drinks, including a celebratory cake adorned with Ivy’s face.

Ivy said: “I have had a great 30 years living at Etruria Locks, I have made some wonderful friends and it was a real honour to meet the Queen all those years ago, as well as being a special guest at the anniversary party.”

“Community spirit”

Sanctuary’s area manager Julia Brook added: “The residents had a lovely time at their party, and it’s testament to Etruria Locks staff that community spirit is so strong at the scheme.”


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