A ‘PARTY atmosphere’ descended on a Sheffield retirement complex as residents and their relatives gathered to celebrate Easter.
An Easter Bonnet Parade brought a splash of colour to the event at the Brunswick Gardens Extra Care sheltered housing village in Woodhouse.
Elaine Kirby’s floral design was voted the winner, with Pauline Gould’s second and Lyn Fowler’s third.
A junior contest, held for grandchildren, was won by Isobel Sampson, eight.
Suzanne Simons, activity facilitator at Brunswick Gardens, said: “There were about 95 people at the event on Easter Monday.
“The residents were joined by children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
“We hold an Easter celebration every year, with food, cake and entertainment laid on. There was a visit by an Easter Chick to give out eggs to young visitors. It was a really nice party atmosphere.”
Suzanne said the Easter party is one of a host of regular events organised for the village’s 280 residents.
“We have large events on special occasions but there are usually about 10 activities taking place on a daily basis,” Suzanne said.
People living at the complex, which has a restaurant, gym, pool and spa, are able to participate in dancing and exercise classes.
Suzanne said: “There’s live entertainment every weekend, and once a month or so there are events involving all 13 retirement villages run by the Extra Care charity around England, which include days out.
“And at our spa and pool, we have a professional gym instructor who does sessions including zumba dancing, and our restaurant has regular themed nights.”
People aged over 55 but not living at the complex can use the facilities for £30 a year, Suzanne added.