A VIP opening “The Forget Me Knot” took place for a new pub inside an Ellesmere Port care home.
The town’s Mayor Cllr Michael Edwardson and MP Justin Madders both attended the opening celebration at Aaron Court Care Home, on Princes Road.
The home’s new facility has been named “The Forget Me Knot” in honour of popular Ellesmere Port pub The Knot, which closed in 2010 and was demolished in 2015.
The name also refers to the Alzheimer’s Society’s official flower, named “forget-me-nots”, as the home offers specialist dementia care.
Families of residents living at the home and staff members made the decision to turn a rarely used meeting room into the new pub.
Then poll on popular Facebook page, Pride in the Port, which has over 37,000 members from the surrounding area, helped to decide the name.
The home’s maintenance man, Ron Steadman, a retired joiner, constructed the bar from materials bought at a nearby DIY store.
Lindsey Bevan, home manager at Aaron Court Care Home, said: “We were delighted to welcome Mayor Cllr Michael Edwardson and Justin Madders MP to the opening of The Forget Me Knot.
“Staff, residents and their family members also attended the celebration and enjoyed a drink and a traditional pub quiz.
“The pub was a great idea by family members and staff to create a space that wasn’t used much before into something that everyone can enjoy.
“Familiar places, such as a pub, can have a very positive influence on those that live with dementia, as it can bring back fond memories or feelings.
“The Forget Me Knot is a welcome addition to the home and we’re sure the residents and their visitors will be enjoying it for many years to come.”