TEESSIDE care home residents have been making the most of the Spring sunshine with a trip to Thornaby’s Harewood Pleasure Gardens.

The small, beautiful area of woodland adjacent to the Old River Tees overlooks a nearby golf course and is home to a memorial from the first World War.

The elderly residents from Mandale House Care Home reminisced about their pasts while sitting in the sunshine and enjoying a few cold drinks.

Joyce Gibson remembered watching her father play golf and Valerie McHale spoke about playing football in her younger days, adding: “I was a proper tomboy.”

Peter Wilson picked daisies for the ladies to make chains.

Louise Hawksby, home manager at Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, in Thornaby, said: “We had a wet, cold start to Spring but it has really picked up in recent days, getting hot and sunny.

“The residents wanted to get outside and enjoy the weather, so we thought everyone would enjoy a trip to the nearby Harewood Pleasure Gardens.

“We had a great day out and the residents thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”