Find out how these Hartlepool residents have been having fun this summer

Queens Meadow Care Home manager Julie Armstrong (left) with residents and members of the Hartlepool United National Citizenship Service (NCS).
Queens Meadow Care Home manager Julie Armstrong (left) with residents and members of the Hartlepool United National Citizenship Service (NCS).

Elderly residents in Hartlepool have been enjoying the summer months despite a mixed bag of weather.

Queens Meadow Care Home, on Stockton Road, has been treating its residents to fun trips out to the beach, carnivals and summer fairs.

Queens Meadow Care Home resident Pauline Buttery enjoying a 99 ice cream in the sunshine.

Queens Meadow Care Home resident Pauline Buttery enjoying a 99 ice cream in the sunshine.

The latest activity was a seaside fun day, which saw the home turn back the clock with a vintage fairground organ playing traditional tunes as residents remembered from their childhood trips to the beach.

Seaside games, candy floss and even the typical queue to get a 99 at the ice cream van helped set the scene.

Resident Ken Perkiss, 82, said: “The last time I saw something like the fairground organ it took me back to when I was on Brighton Pier during my courting days.”

Residents also took a trip to Headland Carnival on its 90th anniversary, playing hook a duck and winning soft toys.

Queens Meadow Care Home residents Jean Douglas and Irene Kimber at the Hartlepool Carnival.

Queens Meadow Care Home residents Jean Douglas and Irene Kimber at the Hartlepool Carnival.

Jean Douglas, 86, and Irene Kimber, 84, enjoyed watching other visitors having a great time.

Jean said: “Years ago, I’d have a ride on those!”

Julie Armstrong, home manager at Queens Meadow Care Home, said: “We try to make the most of the good weather when we get it and the residents have been thoroughly enjoying all the summer activities.

“The seaside fun day and the carnival were real hits.

“They love to reminisce about their early days and it was great to see everyone enjoying a bit of summer sun.”

The summer fun day saw family and friends attend alongside volunteers from the Hartlepool United National Citizen Service (NCS).

The 15 to 17 year old volunteers will be revamping a section of the home’s garden, giving it a seaside theme by repainting the pergola and installing flower boxes with seasonal plants.

Julie added: “The seaside fun day was a fun way for the NCS volunteers to get acquainted with the residents.

“We’d like to thank them for coming and can’t wait to see them back at the home and working on the garden.

“We’re also so grateful to the lovely ice cream man Tonino, who donated all the ice creams to the residents for free, and Masons Funeral Directors, who brought the fairground organ for the everyone to enjoy.”