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Care home residents get a warm welcome at Wick Academy


By Alan Hendry

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James Macaulay, Jackie Murray, Gavin Bowers and Tommy Reid at Harmsworth Park on Saturday with Pat and Patty Miller.
James Macaulay, Jackie Murray, Gavin Bowers and Tommy Reid at Harmsworth Park on Saturday with Pat and Patty Miller.

Four residents of a Wick care home had a "fantastic" day out supporting their local Highland League football team on Saturday.

James Macaulay, Tommy Reid, Jackie Murray and Gavin Bowers from Seaview House were given free admission to Harmsworth Park for Wick Academy's first home league game of the season and enjoyed the hospitality laid on by the club.

The residents and staff saw the Scorries win 1-0 against Keith.

Seaview House activities coordinator Mandy Wilson said: “We absolutely loved being able to take our residents out to support our local football team.

"Everyone had a brilliant time and what a wonderful welcome from Wick Academy who gave us all tickets, scarves and mugs as well as first-class hospitality.

"The residents were delighted, and meeting old friends made it even better.

“It was a fantastic day and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We have to say a huge thank-you to Wick Academy for such a warm welcome and for the hospitality.”

Residents from Seaview House care home watching Wick Academy v Keith at Harmsworth Park.
Residents from Seaview House care home watching Wick Academy v Keith at Harmsworth Park.

The four men all played football in their younger days and were keen to offer some pointers during the match.

Mr Macaulay said: “What a good day – and we won. Can’t wait to go again!”

Club chairman Pat Miller and his wife Patty, who is a committee member and boardroom hostess, were delighted to welcome the group from Seaview House.

Mr Miller said: "It was fine to see them. When they took them down to the boardroom, Patty and the girls went out and gave them tea and sandwiches, and I had organised some mugs and scarves as mementoes.

"They are more than welcome at any time and I'm glad they enjoyed it."

Seaview House is run by Barchester Healthcare.

Seaview House residents engrossed in Wick Academy's match against Keith on Saturday.
Seaview House residents engrossed in Wick Academy's match against Keith on Saturday.

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