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A DAY care centre for the elderly has celebrated its first year in business.

Staff at Sunshine Day Centre, in Springwood Avenue, Waterlooville, marked the occasion by baking a big birthday cake and singing karaoke songs.

The Mayor of Havant Ken Smith and his Lady Mayoress Hazel Smith attended.

Mike Sellis from Havant Rotary Club also showed up and donated a dishwasher for people to use at the centre, which was previously at St Albans Church, in Copnor Road, Copnor. Families of pensioners who use the centre also enjoyed the event on December 8.

Marilyn Croxford, director of the centre, said: ‘A year on, our centre continues to provide an essential service to the elderly people in our community. It’s going from strength to strength.

‘We’re improving more lives which might otherwise be beset by isolation, boredom and loneliness.’

In the run-up to Christmas staff took residents to The Kings Theatre to watch Cinderella.