Residents of Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech, took part in this year’s Rose Fair Parade with a fabulous ‘Beauty and the Beast’ themed float. Many residents at Lyncroft are local to the town and have enjoyed attending Rose Fair for many years. Rose Fair is an annual event in Wisbech, during which the whole town takes on a festive atmosphere, celebrating its horticultural heritage.
Staff at the Care Home on Clarkson Avenue worked tirelessly to create a fantastic float for the residents, with family members drafted in to create costumes, build props and decorate the float. Residents dressed up as characters from the Beauty and the Beast book with Madaline Medler (89) as Belle and Cecil Hole (89) as Beast, others were Gaston, Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs Potts and Chip with local children helping out too.
Wellbeing and Activities Coordinators Jennifer Judge and Rebecca Cooper created the float and organized the costumes and props. Care staff were also onboard the float to take care of residents and wave to the crowds.
Home Manager Jan Davison commented;
“The team here at Lyncroft gave up lots of their spare time to create the float and make this a really special experience for our residents. We were thrilled to be involved and it was a fantastic opportunity for our residents to feel right at the heart of the community here in Wisbech.”
“Residents were supported and cheered on by families, friends and neighbours who came to watch. They loved waving to the crowds and people in the crowd were clapping as our residents went past which was quite emotional” continued Jan.
Rose Fair began in 1963 when local rose growers sold rose buds in the church gardens to raise funds for the restoration of St Peter and St Paul’s church, which dates back to Norman times. Rose growing is still a specialty of the area and the flower festival continues to raise money to maintain the fabric of the church.