A socially distanced 'garden party' at Windsor's Castle View sees the retirement village open to the world again after remaining 100 percent Coronavirus free throughout the epidemic.

Residents of the village in Helston Lane unanimously agreed to go into lockdown ahead of the Government's official announcement.

Manager Lisa Fisher said: “We could see what was about to happen ahead of the Government’s decision to isolate at home, and all the residents agreed that we should lockdown the village.”

To support the residents, Lisa moved into the village along with the restaurant manager.

The safe ‘garden party’ open day on Saturday, July 18 will allow 'outsiders' to enjoy a timed and socially distanced personal village tour wearing personal protection equipment.

It marks a big step in welcoming potential new residents.

Robin Hughes, the chief executive of Castle View, said: "With an average age of 60, our staff fully empathise with the residents.

“This like-minded and practical ‘can do’ approach to living through lockdown helped create the reassuring safety bubble that got us all through. That strong sense of community prevails, and we are already welcoming more new residents into our wonderful community.”

Those wishing to attend the 'garden party' must pre-register to enable a timed tour to be planned. Guests are invited to wear their own PPE, or this will be provided along with hand sanitiser on arrival. To book your place, please e-mail info@CastleViewwindsor.co.uk or call 01753 378127

Virtual viewings are also available via the website www.castleviewwindsor.co.uk