Sheringham nursing home celebrates Shakespeare, St George, and trio of centenarian residents

Suncourt Nursing Home in Sheringham celebrating Shakespeare's 450th birthday and St George's Day. Actress Susan Kyd and home owner Tim Leadbeater with resident Mary Coley, who will be 100 on 30th April.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Suncourt Nursing Home in Sheringham celebrating Shakespeare's 450th birthday and St George's Day. Actress Susan Kyd and home owner Tim Leadbeater with resident Mary Coley, who will be 100 on 30th April. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Thursday, April 24, 2014
10:19 AM

The Bard’s big birthday and St George’s Day were toasted by a Sheringham nursing home where three residents also have reason to celebrate in April.

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Sun Court residents Jack Earl turned 101 during the month, Catherine Bone reached her century and Mary Coley is 100 on April 30.

The home decided to mark William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and those of its VIP centenarian residents with readings from the works of the greatest playwright in the English language, washed down with champagne and cake.

Residents and staff were joined by professional actress Susan Kyd who has a home in the town.

Among the most popular readings were Henry V’s “Once more unto the breach” speech from Henry V, which contains the famous line: “Cry God for Harry, England and St George.”

John of Gaunt’s “This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle... this England,” speech from Richard II was also a patriotic St George’s Day choice.

Sun Court owner Tim Leadbeater said many residents enjoyed poetry and could recite from memory.

“We really had to do something special as it was Shakespeare’s 450th and also three of our residents have special birthdays in April - it was just great fun,” he added.

Also attending was Sheringham Town Crier Tony Nelson who arrived in full regalia to raise a toast to Shakespeare.

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