Care home celebrates Strathaven Gala week in style


pirate pressCollisdene Care Centre in Strathaven, which is part of Canterbury Care, has celebrated Strathaven Gala Week in style with a pirate themed float and costumes, created by residents at the home.


This year, residents, who have taken part in the parade for more than six years, chose a pirate theme and prepared their own costumes and props during art and craft sessions to transform their care home minibus in to a pirate ship.



Members of the community and volunteers assisted with the pirate makeover and helped with driving the minibus on the day of the parade.


Part of a town initiative, Strathaven Gala Week features a host of floats and vehicles decorated by local nurseries, schools and organisations. The parade makes its way through the streets of Strathaven and ends in George Allan Park with a big fun fair to celebrate.


Based on Glasgow Road, Collisdene Care Centre provides nursing care for 30 adults with learning disabilities and has a separate unit that specialises in elderly care for 10 residents.


Billy Finton, who has been a resident at Collisdene for more than 14 years, said: “Here in Strathaven we are a very close knit community and the parade brings the whole town together. I look forward to the parade every year and I love preparing all of the costumes and props. The whole day is such a grand occasion and it is great to get everybody together as a community and see all of the wonderful creations.


“I have been a resident at Collisdene for many years now and staff and other residents have become like family to me. The pirate theme was a great idea and everybody really enjoyed the day.”


Kelly Mair, Manager at Collisdene care home, said: “All of our residents really enjoy taking part in the parade each year, which brings the whole community together. It’s a really important date in our calendar and our residents enjoy preparing the float and costumes as much as they enjoy the day.


“After deciding on a pirate theme, the residents worked really hard to make all of their costumes and decorations for the bus and it is so rewarding to see the end result.”


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