HOMEOWNERS and staff at a retirement home in Prestwich enjoyed a vintage-inspired tea party to mark 40 years in business.

The fine china was out at McCarthy and Stone’s Broadfield Court development when residents enjoyed tea and cakes to mark the milestone and raise cash for the Royal Voluntary Service.

Guests including the Mayor of Bury, Councillor Mike Connelly took a trip back in time as they tucked into tasty treats, homemade cakes and scones and danced along to rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and R&B hits from the 50s and 60s.

Debbie Christopher, estates manager at Broadfield Court, who helped organise the event said: “Our vintage tea party was a great success and everyone who attended had a fantastic time.

“It was really rewarding to see so many new faces from the community come together, including Cllr Mike Connolly, to fundraise on behalf of Royal Voluntary Service, and I’m really proud of all our efforts.

“Forty years is an incredible achievement for us, and is testament to the thousands of happy homeowners we have helped during this time.”

The event raised £300 and helped to kick-start celebrations for McCarthy and Stone’s 40th anniversary.

To mark the milestone, the company has partnered with older people’s charity, Royal Voluntary Service on a series of events, with the aim of raising more than £130,000 in support of projects across the country.