Birthday bash at retirement village

Residents Marjorie Cumberpatch and Dorothy Bird cut Imperial Court's birthday cake with entertainer Richard C Parker

Residents Marjorie Cumberpatch and Dorothy Bird cut Imperial Court's birthday cake with entertainer Richard C Parker

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A retirement village marked its 11th birthday with a special celebration for its residents.

Imperial Court, in Duck Street, Rushden, held a birthday party on Friday beginning with a group photograph of more than 30 residents which will go on display at the building.

The residents then enjoyed a birthday dinner in the dining room which was decorated with balloons and banners followed by live entertainment from singer and comedian Richard C Parker.

Imperial Court activities co-ordinator Ray Fortuin said: “We like to celebrate Imperial Court’s birthday every year because each year we have new residents and it’s nice to celebrate with them.

“It’s also a great excuse to get everyone together and have a party.

“Everyone was chatting and mingling and enjoying themselves. Richard is always very popular and he was singing songs and telling jokes.

“We were very grateful to our friends Peter and Diana who did the photograph for us and to the young people who regularly come to see us as part of the Realm of Experimental and Alternative Learning project because they helped with the decorations.”

Imperial Court provides assisted living housing and is part of the Extra Care Charitable Trust which has a charity shop in Rushden High Street.

People from Imperial Court will take part in Extra Care’s talent contest which will be held in May in Milton Keynes. The theme is Viva Las Vegas and the group will put on an Elvis tribute. They will also take part in Extra Care’s own Olympic torch relay in July.