Veterans and their families marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at a Greater Manchester care facility which was welcoming visitors for a large public event for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
Broughton House Veteran Care Village in Salford, which specialises in looking after former members of the armed forces community, marked the Queen’s 70 years on the throne with a suitably patriotic celebration.
Chefs prepared a special Jubilee buffet and a local choir performed, before the day was rounded out with a raffle.
The facility had had its fingers crossed that the weather would permit part of the celebrations to be held outside and the sun did indeed shine suitably for some al fresco entertainment.
The occasion was all the more poignant as numbers of people coming on site had been restricted for more than two years due to the novel coronavirus.
Broughton House has been providing care for ex-military personnel for more than a century, after initially being founded in 1916 to help people returning from World War I.
In 2020 the original home was demolished and replaced with a modern complex featuring a 64-bed care home, including a 16-bed household dedicated to veterans with dementia, six retirement apartments, a museum, gym, a hairdressing and barber’s salon and a restaurant and bar for residents.
There is also an Armed Forces Support Hub on site for people who served on the front line and need welfare assistance and counselling.