Basildon care home Mundy House recreated the sights and sounds of a 1940’s street party to mark VE Day 2021.
With many residents having a living memory of the celebrations in May 1945, the team at home were keen to put on a fantastic day of activities.
In the week leading up to VE Day residents enjoyed painting Union Jack flags to decorate the home. On the day itself, bunting was placed around Mundy House and Union Jack bowler hats handed out to residents and staff.
Known for its regular sing-alongs, Mundy House was abuzz with renditions of wartime classics such as “The Lambeth Walk” and “Roll Out the Barrel.” Some residents clapped and sang along while others waved their flags and danced to the music.
Although rations were still very much a part of life in 1945, the Mundy House residents enjoyed a Great British afternoon tea as they discussed their memories of this historic day.
Weeks of Street Parties
Pat Horne, who lives at Mundy House, remembers being in London when news of the end of the war in Europe came: “People just went berserk and just ran everywhere. There was everyone under the sun in Buckingham Palace Road. You just couldn’t move! They were all singing.”
In a lovely video interview with Paul Little, activity coordinator at the Basildon care home, Pat remembers how the celebrations continued long after the day itself. “Afterwards there were street parties up the street. One after the other, every week or two, and we were all dressed up in red white and blue. It was wonderful!”
You can watch Pat recounting her memories of the war and of VE Day in London in the video from the Mundy House Facebook page below.