Isla dresses up as the Queen to delight residents!


Isla dresses up as the Queen to delight residents!

by Tom Martin (May 2022)

A THREE-year-old girl dressed up as the Queen to delight elderly residents at a Formby care home!

Isla Bates did her best impression of Queen Elizabeth when she was invited to Formby Manor Care Centre to entertain the delighted pensioners.

The royal visit saw Isla, who was accompanied by her guard of honour Andrew Fairhurst, a veteran of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, plant a tree in the garden as part of the Plant a Tree for the Jubilee campaign.

Residents and staff then enjoyed a traditional British afternoon tea party, officially kick starting the Platinum Jubilee celebrations at Formby Manor.

Isla’s mother, Alex Fairhurst, who works for New Care, said: “Isla thoroughly enjoyed her day at Formby Manor, and especially loved dressing up as The Queen! It is a real privilege for Isla to be involved in the Platinum Jubilee and by planting the tree she is playing her part in improving the environment and leaving a lasting legacy in Formby.”

Janet Lewis, home manager at Formby Manor, adds: “The residents were thrilled to have a mini Queen for the day and enjoyed all of the celebrations, from watching the tree being planted to the tea party.  There were smiles all round and the residents still talk about the ‘royal engagement’ at Formby Manor!”

Isla: “I have loved being a mini-Queen and helping to plant all of the trees.  I like waving and making the residents smile.”



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