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Published 21st Oct 2011

Councillor Barry Coppinger presents tournament winner Robert White with his trophy at Grove Lodge Care Home.

The residents of a Middlesbrough care home are proving to be hot shot potters thanks to a new pool table.

The residents at Grove Lodge Care Home in Marton Road held a pool tournament to celebrate the arrival of the table which was funded by a raffle.

The tournament at the home was arranged by Harry Shaw, from Park End.

Harry’s son John, who has Parkinson’s Disease, is a resident in Grove Lodge in the wing which cares for younger residents with mental illnesses.

Harry, 83, said the table will help keep the residents active and help form friendships. Trophies were presented to the winner of the tournament, Robert White, and runner-up Nigel Whitehead, by Councillor Barry Coppinger and home manager Bev Grimes.

Cllr Coppinger, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Social Care, said: “Harry has done a marvellous job in organising the tournament and everyone has enjoyed taking part.”

Bev Grimes praised Harry and her staff for working hard to improve the quality of life for residents. This includes staff member Christopher Naylor, who bungee jumped from the Transporter Bridge on Sunday, October 16 and raised £450 to fund activities for residents.

Harry helps run Pallister Park Community Bowls Clubs and is the former Lord Mayor of the London Borough of Hackney, during which time he met Princess Diana, the Queen and a host of other celebrities and royalty.

Photo caption: Councillor Barry Coppinger presents tournament winner Robert White with his trophy at Grove Lodge Care Home. 

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