ELDERLY residents from two Johnstone care homes were delighted to net a guided tour of Celtic Park.

Activities co-ordinators at the Cochrane and Ranfurly care homes organised the fun trip, which included a close-up look at the boardroom, dressing room, tunnel, pitch and dugouts.

The guests were also able to view iconic photographs of memorable moments from the club’s proud past, as well as reminiscing about their own experiences of football over the years.

Sharon Kerr, activities co-ordinator at Ranfurly Care Home, told The Gazette: “The people we care for in our homes get so much joy from visiting various places, as they would if they lived independently in their own homes.

“They loved sharing stories of their football experiences and of playing the game when they were younger.

“We all came back energised after a day that was filled with fun.”

Cochrane Care Home’s activities co-ordinator, Lainey Begley, added: “Celtic Football Club made a huge impression on the residents. They were delighted to explore the stadium, speak to the tour guide and share their own experiences.

“The conversations continued long after they had returned to the home.”

Both care homes offer nursing, dementia, palliative and respite care, with a particular expertise in assisting residents with specific medical needs through a team of highly-skilled registered nurses.

Margaret Rooney, home manager at Ranfurly Care Home, said: “Ranfurly and Cochrane Care provide a range of activities for residents to keep them connected to the world around them and to engage them in activities that they wish to take part in.

“Everyone enjoys visiting new places, particularly after a challenging period over the past 18 months.”