On Saturday 21st May, Gipping Homes held a special party to celebrate 90 years since The Bartlet was officially opened to the public by Lord Woodbridge in 1926.
There were several special guests who were invited along to the event, including Felixstowe resident, Harry Runnacles who is also marking his 90th year, and his wife Joan Runnacles (88) who completed her nurse's training at The Bartlet Hospital.
Guests dressed up to mark the occasion, with Lord Woodbridge and the famous ‘Matron’ also joining the party. A 1926 vehicle was also brought onto site for guests to enjoy.
Heather Blemings from Gipping Homes who organised the occasion said: “It was so much fun to hear tales of the Bartlet’s history from our special guests, and we all enjoyed very much reminiscing about times gone by. All of the guests enjoyed a tour of the new development – it is such an impressive landmark that we couldn’t let it go by without marking it with a celebration.”
Built around the remains of the Martello “R” Tower, The Bartlet was an historical landmark from the beginning and Munro Cautley’s sympathetic design secured the towers protection for future generations to enjoy.
Heather added: “We hope that our work will mean that The Bartlet and Cautley House will still be at the heart of the Felixstowe community in another 90 years.”