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Mayor of Newport Cllr Roy Scammell was the VIP guest when Bromford Support's Elkington Close sheltered housing scheme opened its doors to older people in Newport.

He was welcomed by scheme manager Veronica Dawson on Tuesday (July 5) - the first of three information-packed open days offering over-60s a chance to find out more about care, support and leisure activities.

The mornings were set aside for customers living at the scheme in Ford Road, Newport, and the afternoons were open to all comers.

Experts from Age UK, Admiral Nurses - mental health specialists in dementia - and the Alzheimer's Society were among those on hand at the 60 Plus - Looking Forward event alongside Bromford Support colleagues, police officers and firefighters.

There were speakers every day, including Sally Carter from the Alzheimer's Society, Home Instead's Jenny Sokolof and Age UK's Gill Cashmore. Wednesday saw Ruth Edwards social services for older people, Tracey Lee of Admiral Nurses, Allison Teece of Shropshire Fire Service, PC Dave Parry, Sharon Smith of the NHS and Gina Binnesley from the benefits service take their turn.

Louise Hicks from Parkwood Extra Care Housing, Dr Barbara Marchfrom U3A, Roland Brown from the local VIP club for visually impaired people and Sue Robson from Supreme Home Care stood up on the final day together with a speaker from the Red Cross.

At the end of the third day, scheme manager Veronica declared the event a success. "We are delighted and honoured that the mayor was able to make time to join us - and feedback from everyone has been really positive. Tenants in particular say it was really useful and so did visitors from the various organisations that came along.

"We would have liked to see more people from the community join us during the afternoons but the rain must have put off a lot of people. Overall, I am really pleased with the way it went and would certainly do it again next year."