Celebrating in style with their mock-up of ‘40s style décor and recreating a time gone by, the staff and residents at Heathside and Heathside Mews Care Homes run by Warrington Community Living in Penketh, enjoyed a fun filled day celebrating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.
The day began with a touching church service, which moved on to some ‘40s style fun and games. Celebrations went on into the early evening with a lovely rendition of the ‘Songs that Won the War’. This was performed by the resident singer with staff and residents joining in the sing song with classics such as ‘We'll Meet Again’, ‘Now is the Hour’ and ‘White Cliffs of Dover’.
Jane Bradley the activities co-ordinator at Heathside told us that the D-Day celebrations were particularly poignant for those residents who had experienced it first-hand 70 years ago. Amongst the residents of Heathside and The Mews are two former servicemen, a lady who was a ATS girl and two ladies who worked in the ammunition factory in Burtonwood. They captivated staff with tales of hardship but also great tales of finding love when vividly recalling this period of their lives.
One resident made everyone smile with her memories, she told how she was born just before the end of the war and said she remembers her dad coming home and the celebrations around that, she said her parents must have had a good time because her brother was born 9 months later!.
June Gilbody, Manager at Heathside and The Mews said, “It is important for residents who may have Dementia to have opportunities to reminisce and these celebrations are a brilliant opportunity to do this in style. The residents will still be talking about this when it’s time to get ready for next year’s celebrations.”