A 95-year-old was treated to a surprise seafood lunch and a few glasses of bubbly as part of a special event.

Dad-of-three Eric Ringwood moved into Down Hall residential home in January and was concerned the experience wouldn’t match the home celebrations he was used to for Father’s Day.

But his first Father’s Day at the care home in Bradwell on Sea proved to be a wonderful occasion.

Activities co-ordinator Louise Simon said: “Eric’s son Steven visited on the Saturday and his daughter Val had a lovely catch-up with him on the morning of Father’s Day, even bringing along their family dog, who Eric adores.”

The party really got under way in the afternoon when Carol, Eric’s other daughter, surprised him with a seafood feast of cockles and mussels - his favourite meal.

Louise said: “Eric was over the moon to have such a fuss made of him.”

Former electrical engineer Eric said: “It’s always been a day spent having quality time with the family, so it was lovely to spend time with them in the garden at Down Hall.

“Traditionally in our family we spent the day doing things I enjoy, like having my favourite meal cooked for me.”

Down Hall manager Karen Johnson said: “Having chatted to Eric we knew how important Father’s Day is to him.

“We understand that holidays and occasions can be hard for some of our residents, celebrating in a different environment than they are used to.

“We always make an effort to make those days special and accommodate any requests that make that transition from celebrating at home to partying in a care home as easy as possible.”

Other fathers at the home were not left out either.

Staff prepared special activities, including a singer and a specially prepared afternoon tea.