Duchess of Northumberland attends tea party to mark First World War centenary

The Duchess of Northumberland was the guest of honour at the event is presented with authentic 'trench cake'

The Duchess of Northumberland being presented with a bouquet of flowers by 90-year-old Vera Dickson
The Duchess of Northumberland being presented with a bouquet of flowers by 90-year-old Vera Dickson

Residents at an Alnwick old people’s home welcomed the Duchess of Northumberland to a tea party to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The Duchess was guest of honour at the event organised by housing charity Abbeyfield at its South Road accommodation, enjoying a cup of tea and chat.

She was also presented with her own ‘Trench Cake’, made from an authentic wartime recipe.

www.crestphotography.co.uk Abbeyfield Tea Party
Abbeyfield Tea Party
 

Abbeyfield House resident Nan Wharrier, 88, said: “It was a wonderful day and the atmosphere very pleasant indeed. It was good to have catch up and a chat with people and see some new faces too.

“The Duchess was lovely and very, very kind. It was a real treat to meet her.”

Residents prepared for the party by making patriotic floral table decorations and a First World War display complete with items loaned by members of the community, including photographs, an artillery shell and fuse, a gramophone and an early 20th century jigsaw puzzle.

Entertainment was provided by Lionheart Harmony’s Barbershop Singers, and the Royal British Legion were also in attendance as guests wore crocheted and knitted poppy brooches made during previous ‘knit and natter’ workshops.

www.crestphotography.co.uk The Duchess with 88-year old Nan Wharrier at Abbeyfields Tea Party
The Duchess with 88-year old Nan Wharrier at Abbeyfields Tea Party
 

Money raised from a raffle and donations went to HospiceCare North Northumberland.

Jim Thompson is chairman of Abbeyfield North Northumberland Extra Care Society in Alnwick as well as an Abbeyfield volunteer.

He said: “It was a super day and one which our residents will treasure forever. This is a shining example of what Abbeyfield does best, which is enriching the lives of older people in our communities and providing them with valuable interaction and companionship.

“We were delighted to welcome guests from Abbeyfield’s sister houses in Warkworth and Corbridge who joined us to mark the occasion.”

Mr Thompson added his thanks to Abbeyfield volunteers including The Friends of Abbeyfield in Alnwick, home staff, and HospiceCare North Northumberland for helping to organise the event, and for the support provided by local businesses.

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