St Catherine’s honours veterans

Staff member and resident celebrate
Staff member and resident celebrate

Story and photos by Deborah Blencowe

Barbecue
Barbecue

St Catherine’s Nursing Home commemorated Victory in Europe, with a fine selection of songs and food. Event co-ordinator, Julie, welcomed me into the day room, which was lovely, busy and decorated with Union Flags. Unfortunately, the English weather didn’t quite suit the barbecue but that did not spoil the atmosphere.

Eating a splendid hot dog listening to The White Cliffs of Dover by Dame Vera Lynn in the company of the residents was quite soothing.

Staff member and resident celebrate
Staff member and resident celebrate

Paul Anthony, entertained us with several songs including, Saturday Night at the Movies, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, You Are My Sunshine, When You’re Smiling and Knees Up Mother Brown. Everyone joined in. For some residents the event was quite emotional as it obviously brought back memories from 8th May 1945, 74 years ago. It is a day for celebrating the Allies’ of World War II and acceptance of Germany’s surrender of its armed forces. I found myself wiping tears from my own eyes.

Thank you to everyone for a memorable day.