Christmas festivities are in full ‘swing’ at Nottingham care home

Jayne Darling (centre) with Arthur Lloyd and Betty Kelk.
Jayne Darling (centre) with Arthur Lloyd and Betty Kelk.

Seasonal festivities are in full ‘swing’ at a local care home in West Bridgford, Nottingham.


Residents at The Grand Care Centre on Greythorn Drive were treated to an afternoon of vintage entertainment from experienced live vocalist and Nottingham girl, Jayne Darling, who performed a medley of Christmas carols and memorable songs in front of the twinkling tree.


Styled to vintage perfection in a form fitting 1940s dress with flawless make up and an immaculate reverse top roll, Jayne worked her way through an impressive repertoire of wartime favourites, seasonal tunes and classics from a bygone era, delighting the residents with a distinctive jazz or swing twist to each one.


The performance signals the start of seasonal festivities at The Grand.  Over the next two weeks residents will enjoy further performances from carol singers, bell ringers and Christmas choirs leading up to the Christmas party which takes place a few days before the big day and is the perfect opportunity for residents and their families to get together over a traditional turkey lunch with all the trimmings.


Group reservations manager at The Grand, Dawn Collett, said:  “Christmas is a wonderful time of year and a very special time for families.  We plan carefully to ensure that our residents have plenty to celebrate and can enjoy all the magic of the festive season with their family members and loved ones where possible.  Music is a good way to bring everyone together and it great to see so many happy faces and residents reminiscing about Christmases that have gone by.”


Pictured with Jayne Darling in front of the tree are residents Mr Arthur Lloyd and Mrs Betty Kelk.  Betty commented:  “Today’s performance was delightful – Jayne was fantastic.  It was a wonderful start to the festive season and a great way to spend the afternoon.”


The Grand offers residential and nursing care, providing additional support and services to the local health economy.  It provides specialist dementia care with a dedicated dementia floor within the home


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