Residents and staff at West Hall care home in West Byfleet enjoyed a visit from the Royal British Legion Farnborough branch Corps of Drums and the Deputy Mayor of Woking on Saturday (6 December) for a Christmas celebration.

The military marching band, led by retired Major Kevin Tompkins, performed to a delighted crowd at Anchor’s West Hall care home.  After a welcome speech from Howard Nankivell, Anchor’s Director of Sales and Marketing, the Corps of Drums played a selection of Christmas carols and WW1 songs. West Hall residents, staff and guests also enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine to add to the festive spirit.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the band also played The Last Post and Reveille. The Deputy Mayor of Woking, Cllr Derek McCrumb, read a moving tribute to fallen British soldiers, followed by a prayer and blessing from Reverend Diana Manthorpe.

West Hall’s Manager, Kate Desmond, said: “It was wonderful to see all of our residents having a great time, singing along when the band played Christmas carols and having the first mulled wine of the festive season. Our activity co-ordinators offer a wide range of classes and entertainment for our residents every week, so this was a lovely opportunity for our staff and residents to enjoy together.”

Anchor’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Howard Nankivell, said, “It’s been a wonderful afternoon and a great way to kick off the festive season. We are pleased the Deputy Mayor has taken the time to visit West Hall, meet residents and enjoy a fantastic performance.”

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