Northwich care home residents commemorate WWI centenary

(L to R) 83 year-old Audrey Jones and 93 year-old Audrey Mort remembering WWI
(L to R) 83 year-old Audrey Jones and 93 year-old Audrey Mort remembering WWI

To mark the 100-year anniversary of Britain entering the First World War, residents and staff at Crossways care home, Lostock Gralam, Northwich, held a day of commemoration; remembering life during the war years through traditional food and songs, as well as dressing the home in an abundance of union jacks and … eating Jelly Babies.


Residents at the CLS home spent the morning sharing proud memories of family members who had served and the stories they brought back, before sitting down to enjoy a meal of rabbit stew, cottage pie and suet pudding amid a sea of red, white and blue flags and decorations.


93-year-old Audrey Mort (pictured) said: “Growing up, I still recall some of the ‘waste not want not’ and ‘make do and mend’ values; as well as the old songs that people used to sing. Chatting with everyone brought so much back; and it was nice to be reminded of my childhood.”


To help rekindle such memories, staff at the home organised a visit from local entertainer ‘Cockney Carol’, who led residents through many popular WWI tunes including: ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ and ‘Pack All Your Troubles (In Your Old Kit Bag)’.


Those with a sweet tooth also tucked into packets of Bassett’s Jelly Babies, or ‘Peace Babies’, as the much-loved sweets were originally called when produced in 1918 to mark the war’s end.


Reflecting on the day, Home Manager, Christine Coverly, commented: “It was lovely to see all the residents bonding over what life was like back then. Many of them have happy memories to share, and it’s fascinating to hear their first-hand accounts.”


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