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Residents create carnival atmosphere as they celebrate estate’s ninth birthday

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Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education, Environment

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Young-at-heart residents from an extra care housing estate in Hammersmith were celebrating today as their estate was transformed into an array of colour and the sound of steel drums created atmosphere reminiscent of the Notting Hill Carnival.

The Mary Seacole House extravaganza was largely thanks to Hanover Housing Association, which laid on the special treat to celebrate the development’s ninth birthday.

The development was officially opened in May 2005 and was named after Mary Jane Seacole, a Jamaican-born woman who against the odds set up a 'British Hotel' for sick and wounded soldiers behind the enemy lines during the Crimean War.

As part of the celebrations, Mary’s incredible story was presented to residents by The Mary Seacole Society.

The story starts in the Caribbean before the Crimean war broke out, and depicts the challenges she faced as she travelled independently and set up her hotel to assist those wounded on the battlefield.

After her death she was forgotten for almost a century, but today she is celebrated as a woman who successfully cared for the sick whilst combatting racial prejudice.

58-year-old Richard Townley said: “I found the history lesson fascinating; compared to Mary Seacole, we have got it really easy.

“We live in a fantastic development with some really great facilities and access to on-site care and support staff who are on hand when I need them.“

The Festivities also included the Rah Rah Concert’s tongue-in-cheek interpretation of The Charleston, a host of culinary delights and a special guest visit from the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Councillor Frances Stainton.

Debbie Sheard, Regional Housing Manager for Hanover, said: “This has been a hugely successful event and testament to our staff’s and residents’ commitment to reaping the benefits of the many vibrant cultures in the borough.”

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