25 years after the Duchess of Wellington opened Seeviours Court, a sheltered housing scheme in Whitchurch, the Duke of Wellington visited to celebrate its 25th anniversary. "Sovereign Kingfisher, who own Seeviours Court, invited the local MP Sir George Young, Cllr Keith Watts and all the residents and staff to the celebration."
The oldest resident Ivy Martin, aged 96, helped the Duke, aged 97, to cut the cake. The Duke spoke of the fond memories his wife brought back from the opening of the scheme, and said he looked forward to talking to and meeting many of the residents.
"It was marvellous to see the Duke of Wellington at the scheme, and also to see the scheme looking as good as new, after 25 years. It is a popular and well run scheme, and I was pleased to hear that Sovereign Kingfisher manage many others like it in Hampshire and the home counties. We need more schemes like Seeviours Court in order to cope with the demographic challenge."