VE Day 75 a mix of pride, respect and reflection
Street party feel as New Forest Colten Care home residents honour war heroes
Seventy-five years on from a date that transformed many of their lives, residents at Colten Care homes marked VE Day with a mix of pride, respect and reflection.
All the south coast provider’s 21 homes staged commemorative events while observing social distancing restrictions due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
In arts and crafts sessions in the weeks leading up to the anniversary, residents made Union flags, bunting and other decorations.
And on the day itself, there were tea parties, songs, poetry, copies of vintage newspapers and a host of opportunities to reminisce.
Staff in some homes dressed up as Second World War Land Girls while others performed swing and boogie-woogie songs in the style of 1940s icons The Andrews Sisters.
Residents joined people across all generations and communities in the nation’s two-minute silence and sang their own rendition of the famous Vera Lynn tune We’ll Meet Again.
Among the war veterans at Colten Care homes is 96-year-old Boyd Salmon who served in the Royal Navy (see also feature last week about living in a care home)
Now living at Court Lodge in Lymington, Hampshire, Boyd said: “The staff here are so attentive and they went to an awful lot of trouble to arrange this commemoration.
“Very few of my fellow residents were actually in the war because most were not of the age to be there. They were just children at the time.
“Seventy-five years is a long time ago and I tend not to think about the past and what took place. I am more about the future. That said, it was a most enjoyable and happy commemoration and very well organised.”
Colten Care Chief Executive Mark Aitchison said: “Although we had lockdown restrictions to contend with, we always want our residents to live each day feeling fulfilled and able to share in community events.
“VE Day is an important anniversary for so many people. We know there was considerable disappointment that original VE Day 75 plans had to be cut back - but we still held a poignant and happy occasion with much colour and joy.”
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With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It has 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care.
Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...
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