Victory rolls, Land Girls and singing along to the music of Vera Lynn, Cole Porter and Glenn Miller – visitors to Rosedale nursing home in Catterick Garrison were transported back to the 1940’s as staff and residents celebrated Local and Community History month and Military Spouse Appreciation Day with a vintage tea dance.
Cream Teas and home-baked scones and cupcakes decorated in patriotic red, white and blue were served on vintage china tea sets while soprano singer Samantha Holden entertained the folks at Rosedale with classic songs spanning the 20s, 30s and 40s while dressed in 40s fashions.
Staff at the home, which provides nursing, residential and specialist dementia care for the elderly, dressed up for the occasion, donning traditional 1940s-style clothing or modern-day military dress.
Rosedale residents also helped design their own badges for this special day and left them at reception so that all visitors could take part by wearing one.
Julie Dempsey, Activities Coordinator at Rosedale, was thrilled with the success of the day: “Many of our residents have friends and loved ones who served or are currently serving in the army, as do many of our staff, so celebrating Military Spouse Appreciation Day was important to us. We always like to celebrate Armed-Forces related commemorative days as a home.”
The tea dance was the latest in a series of recent patriotic-themed events at the home as they celebrated The Queen’s 90th birthday, VE day and Local and Community History month.
“We had a great time. Staff and residents were up and dancing or singing along and our guests, residents and staff really enjoyed the cakes and refreshments. We’re already making plans for Armed Forces Day and The Queen’s official birthday next month.”