20 Jun 2016
Residents and their families at Anchor’s Eastlake care home in Nightingale Road, run by manager Linda Grout, all took part in a week of celebrations as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Colette Dann, Activities Co-ordinator at the home said: "It all started on the Sunday when we were hoping to have a garden party, but the good old British weather soon put a stop to that. Being British as we are, we put on a stiff upper lip and all rallied round to hold it indoors."
Residents, staff and their families were up dancing to the music provided by Billy from Mac entertainment. They all enjoyed dancing to YMCA and having a Martini.
On Friday as part of National Care Home Open Day, residents were treated to a day of non-stop nostalgia, with events planned to help them remember the good times.
The morning started with a harpist who has played many times for the Royal family and Chichester Cathedral. Harpist Margaret Watson was dressed in her finest and explained to everyone that “the harp is like a piano but, with strings on the outside”. She played Handel’s harp concerto and Greensleeves beautifully.
All our residents thought it was superb. Everyone enjoyed good old fish and chips then ice cream for lunch.
The finale event of the day was entertainment from Troubadour-Emma and Tom. They did a production entitled Happy birthday your Majesty.
Emma and Tom, dressed in Union Jack clothes, sang many songs and had everyone singing along to There’ll always be an England, Loch Lomond, Waltzing Matilda, Where did you get that Hat? And of course God Save The Queen.
Resident Jessamine Betteridge, 95, said: “The whole week has been so patriotic and moving, I love the Royal family, they do so much for our country, I would rather have The Royal family over a Prime Minister, I would love to thank our home for always putting on a superb time for us.”