A NEW care home has opened in Blyth, creating more than 60 jobs.
Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell and town mayor Coun Robert Parker were on hand to declare Ridley Park Care Home officially open.
They were joined by Gena Nicholson, the first resident of the £4m home, built on the site of the former Plessey Road First School.
The 59-bedroom home is part of the Hadrian Healthcare Group.
Coun Parker said: “It is a huge boost to the area to have a care facility of this standard and quality, and it will be a great benefit to the whole community.
“I am sure the surrounding neighbours will make the new residents feel very welcome.”
The £4m development just off Ridley Gardens on Plessey Road also includes a hair salon, traditional-style newspaper and sweet shop, a stylish bistro, library and a cinema, for its elderly residents and has created more than 60 jobs.
Care home manager Morag Horn said: “Ridley Park will completely turn people’s perceptions of a stereotypical old-fashioned care home on its head.
“I am excited to be able to start delivering our very special and unique standard of person-centred care to any client who chooses to make Ridley Park their new home.”
Mrs Nicholson added: “I have watched the home being built over the last year and I can’t wait to move in.
“I visit Blyth almost every day to visit my friends, go to the Bingo and do my shopping and now I can walk to these places.”
The development also incorporates specially designed suites to provide Residential, Nursing and Dementia care.
For more information visit www.hadrianhealthcare.co.uk