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Andover care home residents party the day away for King’s Coronation 

Residents at Millway House in Andover had a spectacular day of music, food, and entertainment, in honour of the King’s coronation at the weekend. 

Joined by all their friends and family, along with care home staff, residents partied the day away in a specially decorated marquee, in aid of the new sovereign. Ice-cream and cakes were served, music was provided by Hampshire band, Odd Man Out, and local balloon artist, Dave Hickory was on hand to create some royally inspired balloon models for each of the guests. 

Millway residents, many of whom remember celebrating the Queen’s coronation back in 1953, were all eager to mark King Charles III’s day of destiny on Saturday May 6th, and Millway House Home Manager, Claire Lousteau, said it was a wonderful day. 

She said: “We had more than 60 party guests celebrating with us, and it was fantastic to see everyone getting into the party spirit. With many of our residents remembering where they were for the Queen’s coronation, the day also brought back many fond memories. 

“A huge thank you to our fabulous activity team for organising such a great event, and to Odd Man Out and Dave Hickory for coming along and providing some excellent entertainment. It really has been a perfect day.” 

Odd Man Out is a local four-piece band that plays popular covers in their own unique style, and Woody who plays with the group said it was a pleasure to provide the musical entertainment for the care home’s coronation party. 

He said: “We put together a special setlist of 1950s and 1960s songs for Millway today, and even added a medley of war-time songs from the 1940s especially for the residents, which were particularly well-received. It was a lovely afternoon, and it was great to see everyone getting involved with the singalong.” 

Dave Hickory is a local balloon artist who has been entertaining people across the region since 1998. Specialising in air-filled balloons of all shapes and sizes, the entertainer made sure the nurse-led care home’s celebration was both full of colour, and one to remember. 

Dave said: “I’ve visited Millway a few times before and I’m always made to feel very welcome. It was royal-inspired creations on order today, so I was making crowns and even King Charles’ ears out of balloons for residents. It was a fantastic day, and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves.” 

Millway House is part of Sears Healthcare and CEO Richard Adams is pleased to hear that the care home was able to celebrate with the rest of the country at the weekend. 

He said: “What a wonderful way to mark a special day. At Millway House, we are a nurse-led care home, so our approach focuses on providing a home-from-home for our residents while we meet their healthcare needs. I’m so pleased to hear that they’re having so much fun.” 

Situated on the outskirts of Weyhill near Andover, Millway House offers excellent accommodation for nursing, dementia and end of life care. 

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