Fireworks fun in Bamburgh

Abbeyfield Bamburgh proved you’re never too old to enjoy Guy Fawkes Night with its first firework party for residents, friends and staff.

The four-star supported sheltered housing property usually enjoys unrivalled views of Bamburgh Castle, but on November 5, all eyes were on the back garden where residents could enjoy the firework spectacular in the warm from behind the picture window in the dining room.

Acting as firework lighter and keeping an eye on health and safety was Bamburgh’s new community PC Andy Harle.

On only his second day on the beat in the village, PC Harle was invited along to enjoy the party with Neighbourhood Beat Sergeant Andy Pullen, so he could meet the Abbeyfield residents and staff.

Abbeyfield manager Paula Lingwood said: “It was a fun event that was well supported by our board and because staff invited their families along, we had a lovely mix of ages on the night.

“At Abbeyfield, we have a good relationship with our local police and we were pleased to welcome PC Harle to the village. It was an extra bonus that he was such a dab hand with the firework lighting duties.”

Pat Hirst, 89, who has been living at Abbeyfield for 12 years, said: “It was a really nice evening and it was lovely to see so many people come along to enjoy the fireworks. We had some great Bonfire Night food too.”

In what has been a busy week for Abbeyfield, the house’s oldest resident Sylvia Harris was invited to lay a wreath at the village’s war memorial at the foot of the castle on Remembrance Sunday.

At 106, Sylvia has lived through both world wars and remembers seeing German prisoners of war during the 1914-18 conflict.

During the Second World War, her husband was in the Home Guard.

“I was really proud to be asked to lay the wreath, but unfortunately I was unable to attend as I had a fall and didn’t feel well enough, however my son-in-law Harry Lumsden laid the wreath on my behalf,” she said.

“So many people died for their country and although they’re gone, they will never be forgotten.”