A sparkling return for television stars

03 December 2012

Three construction workers who featured in the BBC One documentary 'The Town that Never Retired' returned to Rockhaven Court which they helped to build.

Three construction workers who starred in the BBC One documentary, ‘The Town that Never Retired’ joined in the celebrations this weekend when Rockhaven Court, the McCarthy & Stone Later Living development they helped to build, officially opened its doors to the public for the very first time.

George Gornall, Kendrick Whitehead and Roy Hitchin headed back to full-time employment during the construction of the Chorley New Road development as part of the hit show which addressed the issues faced by older people working well into later life in the North West.  As a thank you for their contribution to the project, McCarthy & Stone invited the trio back as the guests of honour during an event to launch Rockhaven Court’s new fully furnished show complex.

They were joined by members of the local community as they took a tour of the apartments, landscaped gardens and communal facilities, before meeting up to mingle in the shared lounge with a complementary glass of bubbly.

Fiona Brooks, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy & Stone, said:

“It was great to welcome George, Kendrick and Roy back to Rockhaven Court, so that they could share in our excitement that the development is now complete.

“These gentlemen were a credit to McCarthy & Stone during the making of ‘The Town that Never Retired’. They each had incredible attitudes to work and approached every task with skill and enthusiasm. Together they really proved something we at McCarthy & Stone have always believed - that age should never be a barrier to living a fulfilling life, and that those in their later years should be appreciated for everything they have to offer, whatever their age.”


Part of the BBC’s ‘When I’m 65’ season, ‘The Town that Never Retired’ compared the approaches of people over the age of 65 as they went back into the workplace alongside a number of much-younger apprentices.

The documentary saw Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford of ‘The Apprentice’ fame reunite in Horwich to see whether retirees in the region still had what it takes to compete against the younger generation, whilst also challenging their preconceptions about the elderly.

McCarthy & Stone site manager, Gary Ashworth, who viewers saw working alongside both the retirees and their younger compatriots, added:

“Personally, I’m proud to have been given the opportunity to work with some fantastic men, who really showcase the grit, determination and independence of the older generation in Horwich.”


With over 30 years experience in the later living sector, McCarthy & Stone currently has nearly 150 selling developments across the UK, each of which is designed to promote the enjoyment of  active and hassle-free lifestyles.

McCarthy & Stone is currently selling 45 one and two bedroom Later Living apartments exclusively for the over 60s at Rockhaven Court. Prices start from £144,950.

As a Later Living development, Rockhaven Court offer the independence of retaining home ownership while living in an apartment specifically designed for later life. Facilities include a shared lounge, guest suite, laundry room and a lift. A dedicated house manager ensures the smooth running of the development and a security entrance system plus 24-hour emergency call points provide peace of mind for both residents and their families. All properties are low maintenance and energy efficient. 

If you would like to discover more about McCarthy & Stone, please view our apartments for sale.

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For further press information:

Eve Parkin
Haslimann Taylor PR
0121 355 3446 / 07825 382 343
eve@htpr.com