Kings Lynn care home Briar House helped evoke memories of wartime Britain during its VE Day celebrations.

Determined to give their residents a day to remember, the team at the home on Losinga Road organised a packed day of 1940s activities, entertainment and food.

Using resources from the home’s digital activities platform, Oomph On Demand, the home was decked out with Union Jack flags and wartime memorabilia.

Just like VE Day in 1945, the celebrations began with Sir Winston Churchill’s rousing speech announcing the end of the war in Europe. This brought back memories of jubilation and relief for many of our residents.

Throughout the day, residents enjoyed watching performances from the forces’ sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn and looking at photographs from the event 76 years ago.

A Good Old Sing-along!

During a lively afternoon, the Briar House lounges were filled with choruses of classic wartime songs. One of the highlights of the afternoon was an energetic sing-along to one of George Formby’s most famous songs. Residents and staff clapped and joined in with the 1940 hit “Bless ‘Em All.”

It’s fair to say that an afternoon of singing and dancing worked up a healthy appetite! Following the musical entertainment, a tea trolley adorned with Union Jacks and classic British treats passed through the Kings Lynn care home. Residents indulged in an afternoon tea of scones with jam & cream and butterfly cakes with strawberries on top.

The day’s activities started some wonderful conversations of wartime memories. These included where people were when the news of VE Day broke. Reminiscing about past experiences and happy memories forms an important part of life at Briar House and the care team love hearing their residents’ stories!

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