A naming ceremony has been held for a new flagship care home in Gorleston that is currently under construction. The care home will be known as Lydia Eva Court after the UK’s last steam drifter, which is moored in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
A shortlist of potential names was drawn up by the local community and residents who will be moving into the new 88-bed facility were asked to vote for their favourite.
The Lydia Eva steam drifter is now open as a museum and is listed by the National Historic Ships Unit as one of its Core Collection. The vessel was originally named in the early 20th century after the daughter of a local fishing fleet owner.
The super care home will centralise services that are currently offered by three smaller and outdated care homes in the local area. It will specialise in dementia care and has been designed under the guidance of dementia care experts from the University of Sterling and the University of Worcester.
R G Carter is on schedule to complete construction of the Norse Care-owned building in spring 2014.