MERCER Court in Innerleithen celebrated its 35th year as a residential home this week, as well as the 40th anniversary of their parent company, Hanover (Scotland).

Tenants and staff enjoyed a celebratory lunch to mark the occasion and were treated to an afternoon tea provided by T-4-2.

Residents also enjoyed a performance by the Amateur Operatic Society's youth group (KIYT) who performed songs from their recent production of Oklahoma!

And the longest serving Hanover (Scotland) board member, Sir Geoff Palmer paid Mercer Court a visit to share in the celebrations of the two anniversaries.

Kathleen Ewart, Sheltered Housing Manager at Mercer Court, said: “It was lovely that everyone came together for a double anniversary celebration marking 40 years of Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association and 35 years since Mercer Court opened its doors. I love working here and really enjoy helping our residents lead independent and active lives.

“Mercer Court was named after Mr J Mercer who was the director of the local amateur operatic society, so it was fitting that we had the young people from the group in to perform for us and they were absolutely fantastic.”

Mercer Court is a sheltered housing development, the development contains 30 mostly one-bedroomed properties and is classed as a ‘housing with care’ development.