Great War knees-up at care home

Residents of Mulberry Court Care Home with entertainer Terri-Ann Prendergast; from left; Marjorie Murray, Jerry Rogers, Valerie Mountain and Hannah Hails, and activities co-ordinators Sarah Stelling, behind left, and Helen Warner

Residents of Mulberry Court Care Home with entertainer Terri-Ann Prendergast; from left; Marjorie Murray, Jerry Rogers, Valerie Mountain and Hannah Hails, and activities co-ordinators Sarah Stelling, behind left, and Helen Warner

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The clock went back at an old people's home as residents had a "right old knees-up" to commemorate the First World War Centenary.

They sang songs such as Pack Up Your Troubles and It's a Long Way to Tipperary . Spam and corned beef were on the menu for a "Ration Lunch" and "Poppy Picnic".

The oldest residents of Mulberry Court Care Home, Clifton Park Avenue, were born ten years after the Armistice.

But they wanted to commemorate the centenary, particularly since a number of them and their carers are ex-forces.

Activities Co-ordinator Helen Warner said: "It was very poignant.

"The residents wanted to commemorate the fallen and had a right old knees up and did them proud."

Songs from the era were played and there were also recorded readings of famous war poetry.

The inside of the home was decked out like a street party with long tables and Union Flags for the 52 residents to get around.

There was a sing-song and a talk by the Royal British Legion, which will also benefit from the fund-raising.

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