The only way is ‘Up’ for Lytham care homes


3 Colin Wood and Rebecca France, driver Nick WoodDirectors and Staff at a group of local rest homes were thrilled to be awarded First Prize at Lytham Club Day. The directors of Lakeview Rest Homes, Peter and Nick Wood, entered a float depicting a scene from the popular 2009 animated film “Up.”

Nick commented, “We were absolutely thrilled to be awarded first prize, and it was great to see how many children, and adults too, enjoyed the parade. It is always an exciting day at Lytham Club Day and we at Lakeview were delighted to be a part of it.”

Fellow director Peter said, “At Lakeview we are keen to actively promote community links, so taking part in Lytham Club Day has enabled us to do just that – and to have fun too! When we mentioned the idea to our residents they were very enthusiastic and have enjoyed being involved. It has been a great way to support our community and also to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund.”

Lakeview’s float, based on the film Up, was built by Lakeview’s Maintenance Manager Mark Tait. He was thrilled to see the children’s faces light up with recognition when they spotted it, and commented that winning First prize was an added bonus.

4 Colin Wood and Rebecca France, driver Nick WoodThe parade included participants dressed as characters from Up. Steven Bagot from Lytham St Annes, played the part of recluse Mr Fredrickson who decides to pack up and fly away, literally, in his house suspended by balloons. What he doesn’t count on is stowaway Russell, depicted seven year old Codie Wells from Lytham St Annes.

Steven said: “I loved being Mr Fredrickson, and it was really touching to see the children’s reactions and enthusiasm. So many wanted to come and say hello or to have their photograph taken with Mr Fredrickson. What a great way to spend the day. “

Local Stacy Daniel said: ”My children were so excited to meet Mr Fredricksen and have their photo taken with him. Lakeview team are really nice and made them feel welcome’,

Fiona Fox also took her children to the parade and said of the Up float: ‘The children really enjoyed it, especially the older ones! Everyone was so kind to them, especially offering to carry the younger ones when they became tired. It was a fabulous day out.”

Also in the parade was “Daisy,” one of Lakeview’s vintage cars affectionately named after one of the Nick’s young children. The real Daisy also enjoyed watching her dad in the parade.

1st Nick Wood  Mark Tait‘Daisy, a 1937 Morris 8, four seat drop-head tourer, was driven by Nick Wood who said, “It was wonderful to have had the privilege of driving this beautiful car in a parade, and again she did us proud. Sitting in the sunshine in an open topped 80year old vehicle, with a sea of smiling faces around you, is just magical.”

Throughout the parade Lakeview care assistant Linda Halstead and others distributed ’goody bags, as a gift from Lakeview Rest Homes. Inside, amongst other items, was a free raffle ticket giving locals and visitors the chance to win a trip for two in a vintage car, followed by afternoon tea at the Tea Rooms at Lytham Hall.

Would you too like a chance to ride in a vintage car and have afternoon tea?

The tickets will again be distributed:

  • During St Annes Carnival Parade on 9th July.
  • To visitors to The Moorings Rest Home.

The Moorings, one of four Lakeview Rest Homes, is located at 58 North Promenade, Lytham St Annes. FY8 2NH.



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