All together now! Event at Hartismere Place care home in Eye, near Diss, celebrates Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday

The Gislingham Jubilee Singers help resident of Hartismere Place Care Home, Eye and local residents

The Gislingham Jubilee Singers help resident of Hartismere Place Care Home, Eye and local residents celebrate the 100th Birthday of Dame Vera Lynn. Photo by Lucy Taylor. - Credit: Archant

Residents at a care home sung their hearts out when they celebrated Vera Lynn's 100th birthday by joining a nationwide sing-along.

The Gislingham Jubilee Singers help resident of Hartismere Place Care Home, Eye and local residents

The Gislingham Jubilee Singers help resident of Hartismere Place Care Home, Eye and local residents celebrate the 100th Birthday of Dame Vera Lynn. Pictured: Sheila Inglin. Photo by Lucy Taylor. - Credit: Archant

People living at Hartismere Place care home, in Castleton Way, Eye, near Diss, enjoyed a day of singing in celebration of the forces' sweetheart's milestone birthday.

The community joined residents for the day and enjoyed turning back the clock to sing the popular wartime song We'll Meet Again.

Residents were also joined on the day by volunteers and members of the Memory Lane group – part of the Vine Church Dove Project.

Visitors to the home enjoyed entertainment from The Gislingham Jubilee Singers and a special birthday afternoon tea – complete with homemade birthday cake.

The Gislingham Jubilee Singers help resident of Hartismere Place Care Home, Eye and local residents

The Gislingham Jubilee Singers help resident of Hartismere Place Care Home, Eye and local residents celebrate the 100th Birthday of Dame Vera Lynn. Pictured: Elaine Winzar, Janet Hales and Richard Symondson. Photo by Lucy Taylor. - Credit: Archant


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Customer relations manager at Hartismere Place, Angela Hodge, said: 'We had a brilliant day celebrating Vera Lynn's 100th birthday and the residents thoroughly enjoyed singing memorable hits from their younger years.

'Singing can be a powerful reminiscence activity and many of the residents will have grown up listening to Vera Lynn's music.

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'Even when memories become particularly hard to remember, often music can still be recalled - so a group sing-along can be calming for those living with dementia and can encourage them to talk about memories from their childhood.

'It was great to be joined by the Gislingham Jubilee Singers for this special occasion.'

More than 50 care homes took part in the nationwide sing-along, culminating in a filmed tribute to the national treasure. To view the sing-along tribute video, visit careuk.com/sing

For more information on Hartismere Place, call Ms Hodge on 01379 888144 or email angela.hodge@careuk.com

For more general information, visit careuk.com/hartismere-place

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