Britain’s longest-serving TV weather forecaster Michael Fish has officially opened the doors of Clayburn Court care home, joined by the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Peterborough.

Michael Fish met almost 100 influential members of the local community last week (Thursday 24 September) for a special launch event, after the first residents were welcomed to the 64-bed care home on Clayburn Road on 7 September.

The well-known weatherman enjoyed a guided tour with the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Peterborough and the Chair of Hampton Parish Council, before raising a glass to Clayburn Court and cutting the ribbon to declare the care home officially open.

Peterborough VIPs mingled with the Anchor team before gathering at the entrance to the home to watch the ribbon cutting ceremony and celebrate with a slice of cake – cut by Clayburn Court’s first residents, Queenie Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Smith.

Clayburn Court's first residents cut the cake with home manager Nikki Ayliff, Michael Fish and the Mayor and MayoressOpening Anchor’s newest care home, Michael Fish said: “Many congratulations to all involved in getting Clayburn Court care home ready for its first residents.

“From speaking with people around the room, it is obvious that residents will be welcomed into a vibrant community here in Peterborough which will enable them to live life to the full.

“I was particularly interested in the pioneering use of technology and the activities Clayburn Court residents will be doing with iPads. Let us hope that Anchor’s flagship ideas continue to lead the way in providing thoughtful, person-centred care.

“Clayburn Court strikes me as a characterful place to live, full of stories and memories - I’ve already chosen my room!”

After his tour of the home, Mayor Cllr John Peach remarked: “Clayburn Court is a fantastic example of a modern, state-of-the-art care home. I am overwhelmed by how big and bright the rooms are, and how professional and caring the staff are. I think residents will truly feel at home here.”

Lucy Holl, Anchor’s Regional Operations Director, commented: “We are very pleased to be opening this luxurious care home in Peterborough, and we look forward to becoming part of the local community.

“With over 45 years of experience in care and housing, Anchor prides itself on giving older people a choice of great places to live, and we are proud to say that Clayburn Court is an excellent example of a great place to live.”

Care home manager Nikki Ayliff added: “We are all excited to be opening Clayburn Court this afternoon – I look forward to welcoming visitors and residents alike to our beautiful new home in the coming weeks.”

Michael Fish opening Clayburn Court with the Anchor team and Mayor and Mayoress of PeterboroughClayburn Court provides 24 hour care for older people, as well as specialist dementia care for those who require it. The home is part of Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people.

Clayburn Court care home offers first class support and facilities, with en suite rooms for up to 64 residents, as well as a café, library, hair and beauty salon, lounges, craft room and landscaped gardens for residents to enjoy.

For more information on Clayburn Court care home, please call 0808 250 1485 or visit www.anchor.org.uk.

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