THERE were smiling faces all around at Marchmont House as the care home residents enjoyed an afternoon of outdoor entertainment.

Residents took to the gardens of the Port Glasgow home for a few hours of dancing and singing to lift their spirits during the lockdown.

They also enjoyed party food prepared by the home's chef.

Senior carers Alana Rodgers and Charlene Brown organised the afternoon as a way to boost the morale of both residents and staff.

Alana, who has been with Marchmont for eight years, said: "Everyone is having a hard time at the moment, but it's been particularly hard for residents as they've been unable to see their families.

"Charlene and I wanted to do something to cheer everyone up and take their mind off what's currently going on.

"It was a brilliant afternoon."

Alana arranged for local DJ and entertainer Eddie McDade to come along and play music catered to everyone.

With Marchmont House being situated in a residential area, neighbouring houses all took to their gardens to enjoy the music and the fun.

Alana said: "We really want to say thank you to all our neighbours, they are such a great support.

"Every Thursday night they cheer for us finishing our shifts at 8pm, which really puts us in a great mood.

"It's so lovely that they go out their way to do that for us."

The assisted living residence, situated on Alderwood Road, has 44 residents aged from 60 to over 100 and everyone joined in with the garden party.

Alana added: "It was quite cold, so some residents decided to stay inside instead.

"But the atmosphere was great and everyone really enjoyed the day."