At the eleventh hour, the indoor bad weather plan was scrapped and the normal tranquil and manicured lawns were transformed into the hustle and bustle of a Summer Carnival.
Entertainment came in many guises from traditional fun fair games, face painting, a fancy hat competition, craft stalls and tombola to staff themselves dressed as circus entertainers including lions, giraffes and a particularly splendid strongman.
Residents and family also joined in the fun by posing for photographs in the Circus Ring.
Real life animals in the shape of chickens and Shetland Ponies also made guest appearances proving popular with the young and the old alike.
Due to everyone’s generosity, nearly £500 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Society, moving Middleton Hall’s annual fundraising target for its chosen charity even closer to its £10,000 goal.
A BBQ enjoyed by many, ended the fun filled day. Jeremy Walford commented: “Once again the weather has been kind. A lot of effort has been put in by staff to make this a special day and everyone at the Retirement Village has had an enormous amount of fun. Laughter I am sure could be heard echoing in the Cleveland Hills.”
Hurricane Bertha returned the next day.