Royal wedding marked by events around Central Otago


As many across the country celebrated the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The News visited celebrations in Central Otago last week.

In Wanaka, residents of Elmslie House rest-home were treated to a wedding fashion show.
Activities co-ordinator Marisa McAtamney said to celebrate the royal wedding, they had organised a display of 16 wedding dresses, modelled by care workers Molly Meehan and Ana Gomez.
Sheila Bardsley (88) of Roxburgh, said she married in the 1950s, but could not remember what year.
She was delighted to see her wedding dress worn by Ms Gomez, only commenting “the buttons have got a bit worn.”

Enduring memories . . . Care worker Ana Gomez models the wedding dress of Sheila Bardsley, of Roxburgh, (right) at Elmslie House last week. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON


Pretty as a princess . . . Care worker Molly Meehan, of Wanaka, models a wedding dress at Elmslie House last week as part of a celebration of the royal wedding. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON

In Alexandra, the royal theme continued at the Combined Rest-home Games for Central Otago.
Six rest homes were represented at the event, which featured a range of games.
The annual games were officially opened by Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan and featured a royal theme in celebration of last week’s royal wedding.

Right royal occasion . . . Union Jacks took centre stage, alongside tiaras and top hats when the Combined Rest-home Games for Central Otago returned to the Alexandra Community Centre on Friday. Among those who took part were (from left) Rena Beel, Norma Dalley and Jean Robb, all residents of the Teviot Valley rest-home. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON


Looking their best . . . Tiaras, crowns, top hats and bow ties were the order of the day when the Combined Rest Home Games for Central Otago returned to Alexandra on Friday. The annual event was attended by residents, caregivers and volunteers from six rest homes. This year’s event featured a royal theme in celebration of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON
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