VETERANS braved the rain to celebrate a care home’s 15th anniversary.
Residents, loved ones and carers came together at the Royal Star and Garter in Solihull to mark the occasion with a summer fete.
Despite the weather moving events inside there was still a host of activities and entertainment, complete with a visit from ponies for all to enjoy.
The celebrations began with live music from 1940s and vintage vocal harmony trio The Bluebird Belles, followed by a barbecue lunch.
Among special guests invited to enjoy the summer fete with residents were members of local Royal British Legion branches and people from nearby Park View Day Centre.
Ponies Lollipop and Moomin also attended, and spent time being stroked and fussed over by residents.
Elsie, 99, served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during the Second World War, and has lived at Royal Star and Garter since 2015.
She said: “It was so nice to celebrate the Home’s 15th birthday with our family and friends.
“I particularly enjoyed The Bluebird Belles concert and the visit from the ponies.”
Royal Star and Garter is a charity which was established in 1916 to help severely injured young men returning from the battlegrounds of the First World War.
Its Solihull Home opened in August 2008 to care for veterans and their loved ones with dementia or disability.
Christian Green, hospitality services manager at the Solihull home said: “It was a special day and we were delighted to share it with residents and their relatives.
“The weather didn’t bother us at all, we’re British and we can handle a little bit of rain.”