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Stars In Our Eyes At ExtraCare

3rd November, 2011

Residents from nine ExtraCare housing schemes and villages took part in a talent show in Milton Keynes last week.


The final heat of ExtraCare's Stars in our Eyes competition involved residents and staff from all over the country, many of whom were new to performing when they came to ExtraCare.

Lark Hill Village resident Beryl Russon, who performed a song by Norman Wisdom, said that she has discovered that being on stage gives her confidence. "I only started a couple of years ago, but now I'm part of the drama group and I do other acts as well," she said. "I even do Lili Marleen wearing stockings and a garter, but that's a bit too racy for something like this!"

The choir from St Crispin Village dedicated their musical performance to one of their team, Colin, who passed away recently.

Residents and staff from Camoys Court in Stoke-on-Trent, who had a combined age of 634, did a cancan dance by waving legs made out of draft excluders at the audience. 91-year-old resident Doris Bromley, who has lived at the housing scheme for three and a half years, said that the group had not practised much: "We never expected to be chosen to perform today, but we're relying on our natural talent to get us through!"

ExtraCare's Traditions and Events Manager Donna Ball thanked all of the residents for participating and also the activities staff for their help in organising the event at the Chrysalis Theatre in Milton Keynes.

Berryhill Village's Gladys Ball, who sang Wind Beneath My Wings, was asked by Donna to sing at ExtraCare's Blackpool Tower event next year. "I love singing," Gladys said. "I sing in the shower, around the flat, everywhere I go. If I come to Blackpool, I'll definitely be singing there."

Additional entertainment was provided by Beacon Park Village's Activity Facilitator Keir Pedley, who sang with a friend, sixteen-year-old Tom Edis, who also sang several songs alone. Tom was a big hit with many of the ladies, who were all eager to get a picture with him! Lovat Fields residents Sharda Patel and Christine Ward said they were both impressed by how smart he looked.

Picture: St Crispin Village resident Elsie Lewis with Tom Edis.

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