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Sisters donate pictures of steam drifter to Gorleston care home

20:03 01 February 2014

Members of The Watson family donate paintings of the Lydia Eva steam trawler to Magdalen House Care Home in memory of Olive Watson who was a resident.

Members of The Watson family donate paintings of the Lydia Eva steam trawler to Magdalen House Care Home in memory of Olive Watson who was a resident.

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Five sisters have paid tribute to their late mother by donating artwork to the home that cared for her.


Angela Weston, along with her siblings Julie, Karen, Mandy and Alison, wanted to thank the staff of 
Magdalen House care home in Gorleston for the care they gave their mother, Olive Weston, during her final months.

Olive, a Yarmouth girl born and bred, died in August, aged 77.

Following her death, the family asked for donations in place of flowers and this month held a presentation at Magdalen House in memory of much-missed Olive.

As well as a donation of £162, Olive’s daughters were able to hand over a print and a painting of Yarmouth’s historic Lydia Eva steam ship.

When Magdalen House closes this summer, residents will move into the brand new purpose-built Lydia Eva Court in Gorleston.

The Lydia Eva paintings, by local artist August Woodcock, will go with them.

“Mum was a Yarmouth girl,” said Angela.

“She grew up in the Rows. She was evacuated to Nottingham, but came back after the war.

“She was just a happy-go -lucky woman, and everybody liked her.”

Olive, one of nine children, grew up and married Ken Weston and worked for Grouts Textile Factory, Birds Eye and later at Potters resort in Hopton.

She moved into Magdalen House last January. When her daughters decided to do something for the home, Angela approached August about buying some paintings and he donated the original artworks free of charge.

The presentation on January 11 was a fitting tribute to Olive, with all five of her daughters and some of her grandchildren taking part.

“Mum was a real family person,” said Angie.

“She loved everyone getting together.”

The £6.9m Lydia Eva Court, being built by care group Norse Care, will be a specialist dementia care home with 88-beds and dedicated dementia staff.

Close to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston on the site of the former Peterhouse First School, it will have communal facilities, en-suite rooms and a specially designed garden area and more technology to support for less mobile residents.

Residents from Clere House and Mildred Stone House, and Magdalen House will move to the new site later this year.



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