Manager Annette Leslie said that nearly 40 residents took part,
including many who remembered the time. "Everyone enjoyed the
roadshow and a number of them wore clothes appropriate to that
period," she said.
"We have regular theme events and it was the residents' choice
to hold one which recalls the 40s and life in wartime Britain."
The roadshow was presented by Linda and Cliff Collins who
regularly entertain at ExtraCare schemes and villages.
Cliff said: "We played lots of music recorded in the 40s by
singers such as Vera Lynn, Flannigan and Allen, Al Jolson and big
bands such as Glen Miller and also showed pictures taken at the
time. Everyone joined in and some got up to dance."
At 88, resident Barbara Williams remembers the 40s very well.
She worked at Henry Meadows where engines were made for tanks
before moving to Featherstone Ordnance Factory where she was the
Managing Director's secretary. She also remembers houses having
blackouts over their windows, rationing and sheltering under the
stairs at home when the siren sounded.
Her boyfriend Eric was a sergeant in the Army and was involved
in the Normandy landings. They married when he was demobbed and
lived for 57 years in the same house but sadly Eric died soon after
they moved into Verona Court 18 months ago.
Two residents who wore wartime American uniforms at the event
were Sylvia Pace, who at 76 was just a young girl during the 40s,
and Elaine Cope, who is 67 and was only just born then. Regardless
of their age, both joined in with the singalongs and enjoyed the
Picture: Verona Court's Activities Co-ordinator
Joanne Taylor with resident Sylvia Pace at the scheme's 40s music
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