Tom Slowey and Morag McGeehan work as Bus Driver and Passenger Assistant respectively for the Kingdom Homes care home group which sees them taking residents from each of the Group’s care homes throughout Fife on day trips in one of the companies’ minibuses every day. Many of the residents look forward to getting out and about around the more scenic and interesting parts of Fife and beyond. Tom and Morag however like to make their time travelling to and from their destinations as much fun as possible.
Recently they “transported” their passengers back in time to the golden age of screen legends. Photographs of stars from past decades adorned the inside of the bus with residents having fun trying to name the screen idols.
Tom and Morag dressed up in 1940’s style cinema usherette costumes which Morag made, complete with pillbox hats. Morag also wore a wig styled in victory curls – the fashion of the 1940’s. Morag offered sweets from her usherette’s tray as she walked up and down the “isle” of the bus.
The residents recalled the names of the cinemas in their various home towns; sadly most of these cinemas are now closed. Willie from Lomond View Care Home in Falkland remembered The Regal, The Troxy and Palace in Methil and Leven. Ina from Fernlea House in Cardenden recalled the Playhouse in Penicuik say it was “9d at the front or 1s 3d for the good seats.”
For Arthur from Methven House in Kirkcaldy it was a real memory stirrer as he worked with 20th Century Fox and was involved with film distribution and recalled how some stars “used to turn up at the office just to get paid” Mary from Preston House in Glenrothes remembered how her dad always got dressed up in his best to go to the cinema and would bring fish and chips as a treat for the family on his return.
The memories kept everyone chatting throughout the trips and there was a lot of laughter and smiles.
Well done to Tom and Morag for going the extra mile to brighten their passengers’ journeys and bringing back happy memories of bygone years!