IT was a day fit for a queen at a local care home when it opened its doors to the community for a special open day event.

Residents and staff at Larkland House, in London Road, Ascot, welcomed members of the public to enjoy Care Home Open Day, a countrywide initiative set up to develop lasting relationships between care homes and local communities, and to dispel common myths about care home life.

Coinciding with the Queen's 92nd birthday on April 21, residents and visitors raised a glass to the monarch with a royal-inspired party. The day included a special dog show, with Buzz the West Highland Terrier and Daisy the Springer Spaniel being crowned as king and queen for the day.

Guests also enjoyed a performance of wartime classics from local group the Swingtime Sweethearts, which residents enjoyed singing along to before tucking into a special afternoon tea.

Shawnwell Barker, home manager at Larkland House, said: “We had a fantastic time celebrating this year’s Care Home Open Day with a royal twist. A highlight for many on the day was of course the dog show, and we all agreed Buzz and Daisy make a wonderful royal couple.

“We would like to say a big thank you to the people of Ascot for celebrating with us and making the day so special.”