Celebrity diet and fitness expert Rosemary Conley CBE was the VIP guest when a retirement housing scheme in Melton Mowbray was officially re-opened following a £1 million refurbishment.
She cut the ribbon celebrate the official re-opening of Mowbray Court, alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of Melton, Councillor David Wright and Maureen Wright.
The event at the court in Egerton View also featured singing by pupils from Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School, part of Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF). Sixth-form hospitality students from GANF also provided refreshments, while Pro Discos and Entertainment provided music for the day.
Mowbray Court manager Michelle Reeves said: “We’ve had a fantastic day to celebrate the refurbishment. It was wonderful to have Rosemary here, she spent a lot of time chatting to the residents and they really enjoyed meeting her.”
Rosemary said: “As we get older it is essential that we are able to live in a safe, manageable and enjoyable environment.
“The newly refurbished Mowbray Court now offers very comfortable accommodation for its residents, providing everything they need to enable them to remain fit, active and healthy, and to retain their independence for as long as possible.”
The court, managed by Housing & Care 21, has undergone a complete refurbishment, with upgraded kitchens and bathrooms installed in the 45 flats and studio apartments, and a make-over for the communal areas, including the large residents’ lounge. A new emergency alarm system and fire alarm system have been fitted as well.
Staff were on hand throughout the event to show people around the new-look site, which overs affordable homes to people aged 55 and over, with support from a court manager on site.