Residents at Stoke-on-Trent’s first over 55’s village are set to welcome Elvis into the building to celebrate their newly redecorated communal area and reception.

The refurbishment at Bradeley village, ran by Staffordshire Housing Association, has seen new furniture and a larger coffee shop, as well as a new residents’ bar and toilets. The village also has new mobility scooter stores throughout the building.

To celebrate the new look, ‘Elvis’ will be getting residents and the public all shook up and the onsite cafe will be serving American classics, such as burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. The event takes place on Friday 1 June, from 12 noon till 3pm.

Bradeley village, has been providing older people with independent apartments in a village style community since 1994, when it was officially opened by the Queen, it was the first over 55s village in the UK.

Pat has lived at the village for 4 years with her husband: “Before the curtains and furniture were dated. Now, I’d love to pinch the sofas for my own room, I think they’re gorgeous” she laughs. “The colours have come together really well, I didn’t like them at first when they were painting, but I think they look great now.”

Pauline and Elaine, also long term residents, added: “Thumbs up for everything, I feel like I’m living in a posh hotel.”

Michila Goodwin, manager and Bradeley village said: “We want to celebrate and thank all residents who have encouraged and supported the new look at the village.

“Bradeley has always been a fun and vibrant place over the last 24 years and it is a credit to all our residents who have dedicated their time and energy to run the successful café, shop and bar and all the activities on site. Here’s to many more years.”

To book your place to see Elvis, have a look around the village and find out more about independent living for over 55s, call the Bradeley team on 01782 836743.