Residents and staff at a Stockton-on-Tees care home enjoyed an afternoon of top tapping rhythm and rhyming when they were treated to a story-telling and music-making performance by a top-class entertainer.
Singer and performer Wendy Holmes, from ARC – The Stockton Arts Centre, visited Mandale House in Thornaby, where she performed traditional songs, recited poems by famous comedienne and presenter Pam Eyres and told a range of inspiring and humorous stories.
Wendy had previously visited the home as part of the BOLD festival, a series of activities part-organised by ARC which celebrate the creativity and experiences of older people.
After receiving such a warm welcome the first time around, the staff and residents were delighted when Wendy agreed to return the home where she held her second performance free of charge.
Chris Reason, Home Manager at Mandale House, said: “We were all very pleased that Wendy could return to Mandale House. She gave a wonderful performance that was greatly enjoyed by all of our residents – many joined in with the singing and one resident was even inspired to give their own solo performance!
“We host a variety of singers, entertainers and speakers as part of our activities programme at Mandale and always try to engage with the local community through such events.”