A Hampshire care home held a surprise country and western-style party to welcome its long-standing manager back from maternity leave.
Rebecca Hannam was greeted with a side-slapping ‘yee haw’ chorus from residents, colleagues and friends at Colten Care’s New Milton home, Kingfishers.
The happy hoedown featured a barn dance and barbecue with live music from country singer Danny Stone.
Party goers dressed up in cowboy hats, jeans, checked shirts and bandanas and enjoyed refreshments in a temporary saloon.
Chefs at the home baked Rebecca a special celebratory cake and among the guests was the New Milton Mayor, Councillor David Hawkins.
Rebecca, proud mum of healthy baby girl Chloe, said she was bowled over by the welcome. “It was a complete surprise,” she said.
Activity Organiser Carlie Nicholas said: “Rebecca has been the home manager ever since the opening of Kingfishers in 2009 and we wanted to give her a big welcome back. Everyone was so happy to see her again.”
Fellow Activity Organiser Ellie Peters added: “Our residents really love country music and the whole event went down really well.”