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Urray House welcomes HRH, The Princess Royal

28 July 2017

Residents staff at Urray House in Muir of Ord welcomed a Royal visitor this week as HRH The Princess Royal toured the care home.

Her Royal Highness met a number of residents including the care home’s oldest, 101 year Flora Brill. Originally from Leith, Flora trained as a physiotherapist during World War Two. While working in a hospital in Edinburgh she met her husband to be, Ray Brill, who had been injured while serving the Seaforth Highlanders. The couple settled in the Highlands where Flora continued to work as a physiotherapist until her retirement.

During her visit, The Princess was entertained by pupils from Tarradale Primary School. Regular visitors to the care home, the pupils performed Highland dancing, played the accordion and even challenged residents to a game of boccia.

Her Royal Highness also met care staff and support staff, including Parklands’ chefs, nominated for a Scottish Dementia Award in 2015 after they developed a special menu for residents with various stages of dementia that brought back food memories from their childhood and World War Two.

Urray House opened in 2014 – along with Innis Mhor in Tain – as part of a £5 million investment by independent care home provider Parklands Group. Both homes are currently being extended, with an additional six rooms due to open in summer 2017.

Parklands Managing Director Ron Taylor said: “We were delighted to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Urray House. Staff and residents have been looking forward to meeting Her Royal Highness for some time and enjoyed her visit immensely. It is a tremendous boost to the area to have such a high profile Royal visitor.”