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.

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.”