Fun times as home opens

A comedy team provided more than just laughs as they helped mark the opening of a new care home.

Silver Comedy, who work with the over 50s, helped Mayor Norma Redfearn and housing association Riverside ECHG open a new care development in Wideopen.

Weetslade Court comprises 51 apartments for the over 55s, with a team of staff onsite.

Facilities include a welcoming reception, social enterprise café, communal lounge, a dementia-friendly garden, wellbeing suite and a hair salon.

Mrs Redfearn said: “I’m delighted to officially open this wonderful new development which will make a tremendous difference to the lives of the people living here.

“Housing for older people is a priority for the council and this scheme provides independent living in a safe environment with high quality care close at hand.”

Riverside’s area manager Colin West added: “The scheme provides independence and security for older people with a focus on supporting them to keep active and to be involved in the local community.”

“Services and activities at Weetslade Court promote an excellent quality of life and an active mental and physical wellbeing.”

George Baddeley, of Silver Comedy, said: “Everyone has an ‘inner mischief’ inside them.

“We find that comedy is a great way of getting to this and bringing people out of themselves, as well as boosting their minds and imagination.”