Garden party for St Clements Court's 80th birthday

By Times Reporter in Community News

RESIDENTS of St Clements Court celebrated the iconic building’s 80th birthday with a garden party in the sunshine on Sunday, July 16.

The event had a 1930s theme, to commemorate when the mansion block first opened its doors in 1937, with around 100 residents, their friends and family enjoying the afternoon.

Partygoers were entertained in true Thirties style by Bob’s Barbershop Boys. Residents in vintage clothing and waitresses dressed like Lyons Corner House ‘nippies’ made the occasion seem like a real trip back in time.

One resident of the building with double the reason to celebrate was its oldest, Peggy Hazell, who is due to celebrate her 100th birthday later this year.

Malcolm Bridges, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said: " I am delighted that we had a very well supported and enjoyable afternoon and I congratulate our committee for all their hard work which ensured it was a great success.”

St Clements Court is being maintained and cherished, as near to its original condition as possible, due to the hard work of the directors of its management committee.

The building was originally advertised, bizarrely, as being in an area that has ‘the healthiest air on the south-east coast’. This was claimed to be due to the alternating tides in the Thames estuary releasing iodine into the air, which was well-known to doctors, or ‘medicine men’ as they were described, for its health-giving properties. It is not only modern property developers or their agents who make wild claims to help to sell their properties.

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