Several generations of Ruth Leighton’s family gather for the launch of the Uplands’ newly refurbished dining room which has been named after her.

More than a hundred staff and residents gathered at a Shrewsbury care home for the official launch of its refurbished dining room, named after the home’s longest serving client.

The dining room at the Uplands at Oxon is now called Ruth’s Room, named in remembrance of Ruth Leighton who died at the end of last year aged 102 having spent the last seven years of her life at the home.

Several generations of Mrs Leighton’s family attended the afternoon tea party and were presented with bunches of flowers by the Uplands’ managing director Mandy Thorn.

Mrs Thorn said the afternoon was a huge success and a fitting way to pay tribute to Mrs Leighton.

She added: “Ruth and her amazing family were always to be found laughing and smiling in the dining room.

“As she was one of our first residents to move here when we opened the new home in Bicton Heath in 2007, it seemed a fitting tribute that our newly revamped dining room be named after such a popular lady.

“Our catering team treated everyone to a fantastic spread of sandwiches and cakes, as well as a constant flow of teas and coffees.

“The afternoon party was also held in support of Worldwide Afternoon Tea as part of Nutrition and Hydration Week to show our commitment to healthy eating.”

Members of Mrs Leighton’s family said how much they enjoyed themselves and how honoured they were that the oldest member of the family had been remembered this way.

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