Abbotts Barton fashionistas head for glamour with royal inspiration

27 June 2023

Glamorous residents at Abbotts Barton have been showing off stylish head gear inspired by Royal Ascot.

The third day of the world-famous race meeting is known as Ladies Day, when over-the-top hats and colourful outfits are de rigeur.

Inspired by the same theme of fashion, team members at our home ‘brought the races to our residents’ so they could glam up in the comfort of their home.

Abbotts Barton resident Pauline Elliot and volunteer Peter Russell

Companionship Team Leader Kirsty Sawyer said: “We put an appeal out to the local community asking for donations of hats and were overwhelmed with the response we received.

“Our ‘race meeting’ began with a royal parade afternoon tea and fashion photoshoot followed by a sweepstake.

“We sipped glasses of fizz as we eyed the various outfits, including hats, bows and fascinators, and cheered our horses on.”

The prize for best dressed lady went to Jeanette Mullins who sported a cream-coloured floral-designed hat and matching top. A delighted Jeanette said: “It was a very special afternoon.”

Jeanette Mullins won first prize for being the best dressed lady at the Abbotts Barton ‘race meeting’

Fellow resident June Bell shared the same sentiment when she discovered she had backed a winning horse.

“I wasn’t going to come but I’m so glad I made the effort,” said June. “‘I had such a lovely afternoon.”

Ladies Day style has also been on show at Linden House home in Lymington with residents wearing hats they have decorated in craft sessions.