St Mary's Court Care Home, Braintree, Essex
Residents of St Mary’s Court care home in Braintree had a fantastic garden party to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
Staff dressed in wartime service uniforms and as land girls as team member Claire played classics including We’ll Meet Again on the flugelhorn for residents to sing along.
Despite coronavirus restrictions preventing visitors from joining family members for the celebrations, the whole staff team – from catering and housekeeping to grounds staff – pulled together to put on a celebration to remember, rounded off in style with scones and strawberries for tea.
Many residents shared their memories of the end of the War in Europe on 8 May 1945, recalling Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s radio announcement that hostilities had ended and heading to the Mall and Buckingham Palace to join the unbridled celebrations.
Residents Joan and Dorothy remembered dancing and singing on the streets until their feet were sore, seeing King George VIth and the young princesses on the balcony at Buckingham Palace and somehow finding their way home at sunrise the next morning. Resident Prue was stationed at Bletchley Park, but still managed to make her way to London to party with the crowds.
Along with care home residents Jack and John, they shared their memories of VE Day with BBC Radio Essex.
To hear their stories and see images of the VE Day celebrations in the homes’ beautiful grounds, see www.facebook.com/thenewdeanerycarehome/and www.facebook.com/stmaryscourtcarehome/.