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29 April 2015

SHELTERED HOUSING SCHEME CELEBRATES 30 HAPPY YEARS

Burn Promenade 30th birthday

Burn Promenade 30th birthday

Residents gathered together at a Sunderland sheltered housing scheme to celebrate the 30th anniversary of it being built.

Burn Promenade in Houghton-le-Spring, which is owned and managed by Two Castles Housing Association, opened its doors in 1985 and is currently home to 36 residents who enjoy independent living with the added security of knowing that help is available if they need it.

Mayor of Sunderland, Stuart Porthouse, helped to celebrate the scheme reaching this milestone by presenting its longest serving resident, 89-year-old Mrs Molly Tait, with a bouquet of flowers.

Molly, who has lived at Burn Promenade for 19 years, said: “I’d rather be here than anywhere else – it’s a perfect spot and I love it. My family are happy too, they visit regularly and know I’m in a safe place so they don’t need to worry.

“I moved here with my husband Ronald after he suffered a stroke and it was the best move we could have made. We couldn’t have coped if we had stayed in our old home in Houghton.

“Since Ronald died I’ve made plenty of friends here and still manage to get out and about. It’s lovely to be part of our little community.”

Dave Armstrong, Housing Services Director at Two Castles, said: “It is fantastic to be able to celebrate 30 happy years at Burn Promenade with the Mayor and our residents.

“For our residents, the scheme is more than just their home, it is a vital part of the community, enabling older people to live safely and independently and offering their families peace of mind.”

Burn Promenade opened on March 12th 1985 and is one of 17 Two Castles’ sheltered housing schemes across the North East and Cumbria.