Retirement living customers mark VE Day
There was bunting on balconies, celebratory cupcakes, and socially-distanced sing-a-longs across our retirement living schemes to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on May 8.
The sun shone and in spite of the covid19 lockdown and restrictions on gatherings, our customers and staff rose to the historic occasion.
Schemes had their own programme of events which at St Crispin’s, Duston included husband and wife team Andrzej and Jo Mialkowski from Northampton dance school Step by Step demonstrating the wartime favourite the jive, and the Duston & District branch of The Royal British Region remembered the day with bugle and bagpipes.
Over at Chatham Place, Birmingham, local singer Emily Tully looked the part in 1940s frock and hair-do to socially-distance sing Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again, and at Lime Gardens, Stourbridge, our own activity co-ordinator Sallyann Tennant led residents singing from their balconies, Lynn’s popular hit The White Cliffs of Dover.
At Terryspring Court, Redditch, staff took round a mobile bar to enable residents to toast the special occasion, and the scheme’s chef whipped up cupcakes with patriotic red, white and blue decorations which were given to every customer. The scheme also staged three separate sing-a-longs for residents to join in from the windows or patios of their flats.
Berryhill Village in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent delivered an afternoon tea in themed party bags to customers doorsteps, whilst across our schemes the 11am minute’s silence commemorating VE Day was observed.