Centenary event just what the doc ordered

FEATHERED FRIENDS: Alex Hesse with chickens that were on show
FEATHERED FRIENDS: Alex Hesse with chickens that were on show

HUNDREDS of people turned out in the rain to help a medical group celebrate its centenary.

A family funday was held at the William Brown Medical Centre, in Manor Way, Peterlee to mark the 100th anniversary of Easington and Peterlee Medical Group (EPMG).

Left to right, Audra Salem, Carole Cooke, Alison Dixon, Jan Burden, Carol Williams and Pauline Laverick

Left to right, Audra Salem, Carole Cooke, Alison Dixon, Jan Burden, Carol Williams and Pauline Laverick

One highlight saw Easington Carers dressing in period costume and selling old-fashioned sweets.

Elizabeth Carroll, patient and community liaison officer with IntraHealth, which merged with EPMG, said: “We wanted to celebrate the momentous occasion of the practice being 100-years-old and Macmillan Cancer Support’s centenary.

“We work closely with Macmillan so by donating proceeds from the event to Macmillan it tied in nicely.

“Regardless of the bad weather we had lots and lots of people there.

“We had many more than we expected given the weather and it was a really good day.”

The event was opened by Dr Derek Brown, a former practice partner and son of founder William, and Anne Brown, his wife.

The winning cake in the cake-decorating competition, created by practice nurse Debbie Bailey, raised £101.

EPMG was set up in 1911 when GP services were provided from Arbroath House, in Seaside Lane, in Easington Colliery.

In the early 50s, when Peterlee was built three miles away, a branch was opened at Peterlee Health Centre, which led to the creation of the William Brown Centre in 1992.