27 Mar 2017
Residents and visitors at Anchor’s Selkirk House Care Home in Plymstock enjoyed a rocking good day on Saturday 18 March, as a series of musicians and entertainers put on a show as part of the global World Rocks Against Dementia Day.
As well as the home's residents members of the public also dropped in to enjoy the day. One was Michael Langford who got up to sing with the collective band. This included professional Lead Guitarist Tony Greko, Bassist Chris Yarwood and Drummer Colin Pratt from a local band One 4 the Road. Michael performed an impromptu rendition of songs by Dire Straits.
Although he is blind, Michael is no stranger to public performances having previously sung with a local band during gigs at the Plympton Conservative Club.
Other acts taking part in the World Rocks Against Dementia Event included entertainer and Vocalist, Rob Gidley, entertainers Tony and Ken from St Mary's Church in Plympton. Also taking the stage was John Naismith a volunteer officer with the Alzheimer's Society.
Residents and staff were seen dancing and enjoying the eclectic range of music from old time songs to Rock n Roll.
The afternoon was rounded off by performances from talented Rob Smith from the Acoustic Unplugged session at The Brook Inn, Plympton on his Spanish Guitar and a performance from Ian Brusby, a local musician who donated a number of copies of his CD album Halfway Back from Anywhere to be sold to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.
The entertainment afternoon was part of the home's ethos that life doesn't have to stagnate when you find yourself in a care environment.
Activities Coordinator Chris Dawkins was interviewed by Andrew Hill of the Plympton Podcast and said: "If you find yourself in a situation where you do need support and living in care it is important that your life does not come to an end; it's just another chapter and I personally believe that it is important to continue with a varied lifestyle whatever capacity that you were used to."
Anchor's Selkirk House has a regular social club on Wednesday afternoons which is also available to the community at large to attend and where entertainers or speakers are booked and which the public are welcome to join in.