Day Centres in Sussex host royal receptions for Queen’s 90th birthday

Day Centres and residents across West Sussex joined in with the national charity Age UK, the Mayor of Worthing and UK citizens across the country in celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday celebrations last weekend.

People attending day centres alongside carers and staff at various locations in the county had a right royal knees up to mark the Queen’s 90th on Saturday June 11th 2016.

Events took place at a number of venues in West Sussex with two care centres pushing the boat out for their royal receptions.

Celebrations to mark the Queen's 90th birthday at New Tyne Resource Centre in Worthing
Celebrations to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday at New Tyne Resource Centre in Worthing

Roast dinner, scones, music and a royal quiz were part of the fun for everyone with Age UK at The Laurels Day Centre in Rustington while the New Tyne Resource Centre in Worthing hosted a street party with guests such as Worthing Mayor Sean McDonald and the Worthing Town Crier, Bob Smytherman, alongside volunteers from Southern Water and West Sussex County Council staff.

Gloria Kainja, The Laurels Day Centre Manager, said: “It was a special day and wonderful to be able to bring everyone together, both from the Laurels Day Centre as well as from Age UK, to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

“The majority of the Laurels’ customers who were here come weekly but we welcomed new people too. The staff, as well as our volunteers, made sure it was an occasion to remember.”

Pauline McGeehan tucks into a roast dinner with Rachael McCarthy from The Laurels Day Centre in Rustington
Pauline McGeehan tucks into a roast dinner with Rachael McCarthy from The Laurels Day Centre in Rustington

Meanwhile, residents attending the New Tyne Resource Centre in Worthing took part in a street party with food including coronation chicken, homemade scones and fruit cake all made by the centre’s two cooks.

They also held a royal quiz, had live entertainment and the party culminated in partygoers singing happy birthday to the Queen and the national anthem.

The centre supports people with dementia through its long stay, respite service and day centre.

Dawn Steady, Deputy Manager, said: “Fortunately for us the weather held out and we were able to sing and dance to our hearts content outside.”

Guests at the event included carers, family and friends along with Worthing Mayor Sean McDonald and the Worthing Town crier Bob Smytherman.

The centre’s team was supported on the day by volunteers from Southern Water and West Sussex County Council staff.

Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Later Life, said: “It sounds like everyone had a great time celebrating the Queen’s landmark birthday. Our day centres are really important places and are crucial to those who attend them and their families.”