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‘Pink, pink and more pink’: care home celebrates first anniversary in style

Feather boas, glittering top hats and a drag queen helped Kent care home Maplewood Court’s first anniversary celebrations sparkle (Maplewood Court/PA)
Feather boas, glittering top hats and a drag queen helped Kent care home Maplewood Court’s first anniversary celebrations sparkle (Maplewood Court/PA)

Feather boas, glittering top hats and a drag queen helped a Kent care home’s first anniversary celebrations sparkle.

One of the standout performers at the “pink party” at Maplewood Court in Maidstone in July was drag queen Chamonix Aspen, who encouraged residents and guests to get involved with the singing and dancing.

To add to the festive mood, partygoers donned their most stylish pink outfits and volunteer Lynne Rita Lovell made a special cake.

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Maplewood Court’s first anniversary party had a pink theme (Maplewood Court/PA)

The home’s head of hospitality, Herve Boscher, said: “Pink, pink and more pink was the theme for our first anniversary party, and, oh, we did well!

“Feather boas, glittering top hats, dickie bows, a huge balloon arch, pink lemonade – and even a whoopie cushion costume that most of us had never seen before.

“We went a little overboard, but it was all worth it.”

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A special pink cake to mark the occasion was created by volunteer Lynne Rita Lovell (Maplewood Court/PA)

Resident Rosemary Kelly, 87, was equally happy with the festivities.

“I would have never imagined seeing a drag queen in a care home,” she said.

“Herve and his team really keep us on our toes!

“It was so much fun, and we hope Chamonix will be back soon.”

Maplewood Court is a luxury, purpose-built care home with 72 private, en-suite rooms and individual care plans are tailor-made to suit each resident’s needs.