Can you help Downham Market care home go back to the ‘50s?

PUBLISHED: 18:01 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 18:07 13 February 2017

Downham Grange. Picture: Darren Carter

Downham Grange. Picture: Darren Carter

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Staff are planning to bring back the rock ‘n roll era at a Downham Market care home by creating a 1950s retro activities lounge.

The project at Kingsley Healthcare run Downham Grange, in Clackclose Road, is designed to bring back memories for its residents, some of whom are living with dementia.

Home manager Peter Barlow said: “Our plan is to wallpaper the room in a pattern typical of the era and we will be building a wooden cabinet for the television to give it the right look.

“Staff are looking in auctions and bric-a-brac shops to find suitable old gramophones, records and radios. The dream would be to find an old jukebox.

“We will also be putting up pictures of film stars from the era such as Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne.”

Mr Barlow, who is being helped by activities co-ordinator Bex Horsbrugh, said encouraging reminiscence was an important way of bringing back precious memories to people living with dementia.

He said: “I would appeal to the public to kindly donate items of memorabilia. We are looking for anything from 1950s clothes to items of furniture.”

The home plans to unveil its retro lounge during a public open day taking place from 2pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, March 11.

People are invited to visit Downham Grange on that day for afternoon tea and to take a tour of the home and facilities with Mr Barlow.

The open day will also be part of the celebrations for the 65th wedding anniversary of a resident and her husband.

Anyone willing to donate memorabilia is asked to call Mr Barlow on 01366 387054.

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