PRIDE MONTH was celebrated at a Bolton care home after residents and staff threw a party to mark the occasion.
Handmade rainbow flags decorated Lever Edge Care Home, on Lever Edge Lane, Great Lever, while residents enjoyed 80s music, rainbow themed cupcakes and a tipple or two.
For one resident, Keith Best, 70, the party was a hark back to his younger days. He said: “The day was fabulous. It reminded me of when I used to go to the Pride celebrations in Manchester with my husband, Harold.”
As part of the month-long national celebration of LGBTQ+ communities, residents also took part in a rainbow flag-making arts and crafts session, when they discussed how perceptions have changed over the years.
Resident John Farnworth, 69, said: “When I was younger, being gay was very taboo and people would have to hide their true feelings.
“As I’ve grown up and learnt about Pride Month and seeing it on the TV, I really think that it’s a great thing.”
Mary Yates, 84, added: “Everyone has the right to love and be loved. I had a brilliant time at our party celebrating Pride Month.”
After making their Pride Month flags and displaying them in the lounge window, Doreen Aspinall, 85, said: “I love the colourful flags we have got up. I think things have changed for the better.”
Alix Isherwood, activities coordinator at Lever Edge Care Home, said: “I spoke to the residents about Pride Month and explained what it means and how we could show support to the community.
“The residents were onboard with the idea of making flags to display in our lounge window for everyone to see. And they discussed how they have seen perceptions and rights change for the better over the years.
“We also had a lovely afternoon at our Pride Party, eating rainbow themed cupcakes, sweets and fruit, drinking beer and listening to 80s music.”