Bridlington man cheques in with best name game

Jonathan Spalding checks out the Chestnut Court plans.
Jonathan Spalding checks out the Chestnut Court plans.

A man from Bridlington has won a unique competition to name McCarthy and Stone’s brand new Retirement Living development on Marton Gate in Bridlington.

Jonathan Spalding, 47, submitted the winning entry of Chestnut Court after noticing McCarthy and Stone’s ‘What’s in a Name’ competition in the Bridlington Free Press.

This week he was presented with a cheque for £250, as well as an invitation to officially open the development later in the year.

Jonathan plans to put the money towards university fees as he has one son about to graduate, and another due to start later this year.

When naming the development, Jonathan looked to its surroundings for inspiration for the name.

He explains: “The development itself is surrounded by beautiful woodlands and for many children in the area it will be remembered for the huge horse chestnut tree at the bottom of the driveway. Over the years many children have stopped there in the autumn to collect conkers, and these children have then visited later with their own children.

I was thrilled when I found out McCarthy and Stone was saving the horse chestnut tree and it would be incorporated it into the new development setting.

“It holds many special memories for people in Bridlington, and the new homeowners of Chestnut Court will really enjoy looking out at it from their new apartments. I’ve even registered interest in the scheme for my parents who are in their 80s as I’ve been so impressed with the plans.”

Liz Green, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone North East, said: “At McCarthy and Stone we pride ourselves on building communities, not just homes, so we really enjoyed the opportunity to hear what the local people of East Yorkshire thought would be a good name for our new development. We wanted a name that would have meaning to the local area, and which would celebrate its history.

“The standard of entries was particularly high for this competition, but we felt that Jonathan’s suggestion really captured the best of the development’s surroundings and we are delighted to name him as our winner.”

The modern development, located at Marton Gate in Bridlington, will provide an ideal option for those seeking retirement flats in Yorkshire and the north of England.

Exclusively for over 60s, the development not only offers a stylish apartment to be proud of, but also includes a homeowners’ lounge, beautiful landscaped gardens, a House Manager during office hours and a 24 hour emergency call system should homeowners need assistance day or night.

Bridlington town centre is also just a five minute drive or bus ride away with its fantastic range of amenities and shopping facilities.