Crowds wave and cheer two 89 year olds who recreate Beauty and the Beast for the Rose Fair in Wisbech

PUBLISHED: 10:51 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 04 July 2017

Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech get involved in the Rose Fair parade PHOTO: Lyncroft Care Home

Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech get involved in the Rose Fair parade PHOTO: Lyncroft Care Home


Crowds cheered and clapped as 89 year olds Madaline Medler and Cecil Hole passed in the Rose fair parade dressed as Beauty and the Beast.

The pair, along with other residents of a care home, got in to the carnival spirit by dressing up for a float.

Residents of Lyncroft Care Home took part with their ‘Beauty and the Beast’ themed float with many getting into the festival mood for the popular annual event.

Jan Davison, home manager, said: “They loved waving to the crowds and people in the crowd were clapping as our residents went past which was quite emotional.

“The team at Lyncroft gave up lots of their spare time to create the float and make this a really special experience for our residents.

“We were thrilled to be involved and it was a fantastic opportunity for our residents to feel right at the heart of the community here in Wisbech.

“Residents were supported and cheered on by families, friends and neighbours who came to watch.

“Many residents at the home are local to the town and have enjoyed attending the fair for many years”, she added.

Staff at the home on Clarkson Avenue worked tirelessly to create a float for the residents, with family members drafted in to create costumes, build props and decorate the float.

Wellbeing and activities coordinators Jennifer Judge and Rebecca Cooper created the float and organized the costumes and props. Care staff were also onboard the float to take care of residents and wave to the crowds.

Rose Fair began in 1963 when local rose growers sold rose buds in the church gardens to raise funds for the restoration of St Peter and St Paul’s church, which dates back to Norman times.

Rose growing is still a speciality of the area and the flower festival continues to raise money to maintain the fabric of the church.

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