The sights and sounds of the 1960s were back in vogue at a Dorset nursing home


The sights and sounds of the 1960s were back in vogue as a Dorset nursing and residential home tuned into a fun day of reminiscence.

THE CAR’S THE STAR. Residents, staff and visitors hang out by one of the Mini Coopers at Avon Reach care home in Mudeford, Hampshire.

The action at Colten Care’s Avon Reach in Mudeford centred around four Mini Cooper S cars, a style icon favoured by well-known Sixties’ figures such as Peter Sellers, Paul McCartney, Lulu and Lord Snowdon.

There was a chance to spend time sitting in the classic road rally cars, specially brought along for the occasion by members of the enthusiasts’ car club, the Mini Cooper Register.

After lunch, residents watched a screening of the 1969 Michael Caine crime caper The Italian Job, which featured Mini Coopers as getaway cars. 

Residents, staff and visitors got into the spirit of peace, love and flower power by donning Carnaby Street and hippy-style fashions while singer Joanna Gray performed pop hits from the decade.

Home Manager Ruth Wildman, resplendent in green flares, psychedelic blouse and bandana, said: “We all love dressing up and it was fabulous to spend a day stepping back in time. The Mini Coopers were a great talking point for everyone, prompting lots of conversations about trips in the past and what people remember from 50 years ago.”

Avon Reach resident Doreen Priddle said: “I can’t honestly say if life was really better in the 1960s but judging by the fashions on show today it was certainly more colourful.”

Watch Twiggy sixties nostalgia!

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