RESIDENTS and staff at a North Yorkshire care home took a trip to Mexico to celebrate the country's independence day - although they did so virtually.

Thistle Hill care home, in Knaresborough, marked the day on Wednesday, September 15, by using a Microsoft flight simulator to depart from Leeds Bradford Airport and fly to La Paz beach where they took a virtual walk around Mexico.

They spent their day taking part in Mexican themed games - a fiesta with Mariachi music, salsa dancing and eating Mexican cuisine.

Mandy Scott, general manager at Thistle Hill, said: “Mexican Independence Day is always full of big flavours and a chance for us to celebrate all things Mexican.

"We’ve had fun listening to Mariachi music and trying a bit of salsa dancing.”

Mexican Independence Day marks the day that Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic Priest, made the first cry for independence from Spain in 1810.