Olympian cuts the tape on development

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A former British Olympic champion was in the borough last week to officially open a new retirement complex.

Dame Mary Peters cut the tape to open the new Marden Court in Grosvenor Drive, Whitley Bay, on Friday.

Retired athlete Dame Mary Peters officially opens a new McCarthy & Stone retirement complex at Grosvenor Drive, Whitley Bay and seen with Dame Mary are McCarthy and Stone staff (left to right) Caroline Sinclair, Fiona Brooks, Karen Harrowell, Dame Mary Peters, Rachael Preece and Julia Colledge.

Retired athlete Dame Mary Peters officially opens a new McCarthy & Stone retirement complex at Grosvenor Drive, Whitley Bay and seen with Dame Mary are McCarthy and Stone staff (left to right) Caroline Sinclair, Fiona Brooks, Karen Harrowell, Dame Mary Peters, Rachael Preece and Julia Colledge.

Dame Mary, who was awarded the Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2000, was McCarthy & Stone’s guest of honour at a sparkling reception at Marden Court – the new Later Living development.

The former Olympian, who was a pentathlon gold medallist at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, joined staff, residents and guests to raise a toast to the launch of the site, whilst sharing stories about her illustrious career as one of Britain’s best known track and field athletes.

Afternoon tea, champagne and refreshments were offered to visitors to the centre, who were given the opportunity to meet and greet Dame Mary and ask her questions about her career.

Marden Court offers a selection of 25 one and two-bedroom apartments situated close to the heart of Whitley Bay town centre, available exclusively for those over the age of 60.

Visit www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk for more details.