MULLED wine flowed and mince pies were muncheed when The Royal Star and Garter Home in Solihull switched on its Christmas lights.
A 15ft real tree was lit up in the reception area following a countdown led by Charlie Wilson, the home’s activities and volunteers manager.
An outdoor snowflake projector brought more Christmas cheer to the home which cares for ex-servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia.
The Monkspath Hall Road Home marked the special day with a visit from Bentley Heath Choir, who sung a medley of Yuletide classics, with residents often joining in.
As well as donating the 15ft tree, engineering company Arup also gave a further four trees and donated all tinsel, baubles and lights, as part of a £1,350 donation to mark its 50th year trading in the Midlands. Staff helped decorate the trees.
Business development coordinator at Arup, Naomi Forrester, said: “To mark the anniversary we wanted to give back time and funding to community projects.
“A lot of our engineers come from military backgrounds or are Reserves, so this was a charity we wanted to be involved with.
“The way they treat people here who have done so much for their country is amazing.
“This is not your ordinary care home.”