Pearly guests lay care home foundation stone

10/5/11- The Pearly King of Peckham laying the foundation stone of the new Ability Housing project, The Ridge, Hastings.  George Major with his family.

10/5/11- The Pearly King of Peckham laying the foundation stone of the new Ability Housing project, The Ridge, Hastings. George Major with his family.

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PEARLY kings and queens descended on Hastings to mark the start of building work on a care home.

The pearly king of the London borough of Sutton, George Major, helped Osborne House, The Ridge, lay a foundation stone and bless the new development for people with learning disabilities.

The homeis part of a joint venture between Hastings and Sutton to replace older style NHS buildings with self-contained flats.

Funding for the work was provided by Ability Housing Association, LB Sutton, Sutton and Merton PCT as well as AF Pilbeam.

David Williams, Ability chief executive, said: “This really is something worth celebrating and we were delighted to have the pearly king here to give his blessing to these fine new homes.”