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Needham Market friends reunited at Cedrus House Care Home after year apart

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Not many best friends can say they have a combined age of 191, but for two Stowmarket care home residents who have been reunited after a year apart, that is their magic number.

Peggy Rozier, 94, and 97-year-old Elsie Collins, have been friends for more than 20 years, but have not seen each other since March 2020 due to Covid.

But in July, Peggy joined Elsie by moving into Care UK’s Cedrus House, on Bittern Crescent and the best buddies celebrated the best way they could - by heading down to the home’s coffee shop for a scone and a long awaited catch.

Peggy Rozier and Elsie Collins
Peggy Rozier and Elsie Collins

Peggy said: “I am delighted to have been reunited with Elsie after a year apart, and I can’t wait to show her photos of my family.

"We have been writing cards and letters to each other over the last year, and it’s just not the same as having a catch up in person.

“We always used to go to for a scone at Alder Carr Farm Café, and it was wonderful to be able to do that again.”

Care home manager, Michelle Webster, said Elsie had been telling everyone there about her friendship to Peggy.

She said: "It has been wonderful to finally meet in her person, and even better to have her move into the home.

"The pair have been inseparable since Elsie moved in, and we expect they may be getting up to some mischief together now that they are under one roof."

Peggy and Elsie, who are both from Needham Market, met at St John the Baptist Church and as well as regular coffee catch ups pre-Covid had also taken trips together to the Isle of Man.

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