In the festive mood

Singer Shirley Mac performs with Bannatyne Lodge Care Home resident Denis Cowell
Singer Shirley Mac performs with Bannatyne Lodge Care Home resident Denis Cowell

CARE home residents have been getting in the festive mood with a host of celebrations.

Around 40 residents at the Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, in Peterlee, along with their families, enjoyed a Christmas party with music from singer Shirley Mac.

There was singing and dancing as the residents were treated to traditional festive songs from Shirley, who is a regular visitor to the home.

There was also bingo and a raffle, which was won by Peterlee Mayor Bob Kyle, but re-raffled by the civic chief and then won by home resident Betty King.

Lilleth Stelling was the lucky winner of the festive bingo.

The residents were also treated to a traditional Christmas dinner and a buffet while all the staff dressed up in festive costumes for the occasion.

The home’s caretaker John Watson played Santa Claus, while nurse Susan Appleby dressed up as Mrs Claus and the home’s personal activities leader Dawn Minto played an angel.

Dawn said: “Our residents really enjoyed getting in the festive mood and Shirley Mac’s performance is something they really look forward to.

“I’d like to wish them all a lovely Christmas.”

The home, in Manor Way, has already held a carols by candlelight service and a pantomime and is set to hold a carol service this Thursday.