Residents at a West Cumbrian care home marked the anniversary of VE Day in style by throwing a 1940s party.
Newlands in Workington was decorated in red, white and blue and staff and residents dressed in 1940s-inspired glad rags and enjoyed an afternoon tea with singing and dancing.
A selection of freshly-baked biscuits, sandwiches, cakes and pastries for the occasion were all produced by the home’s chef, all washed down with pots of tea and a celebratory glass of fizz to mark the occasion.
Residents observed the national two-minute silence and listened again to Churchill’s iconic speech and to an address from the Queen. They reminisced about their memories of Victory in Europe Day – the day the Second World War ended in Europe – and watched clips of the celebrations that took place outside Buckingham Palace and across London.
Kim Whelan, general manager at Newlands Care Home said: “Many of our residents can remember the end of the war and we all know what it meant for our country so we wanted to celebrate the date and listen to our residents’ memories of the war and the experiences they lived through.”
Rita, a resident at Newlands Care Home said: “I remember all the family gathering around the radio to listen to Churchill’s speech and it still gives me goosebumps now, such an important date. It was wonderful to reminisce and to celebrate with all the staff and residents here, we’ve all had such fun and lots of cake.”