Nathan a big hit at care home

Nathan Lucas pictured serenading Peterlee Care Home residents Jean Roach(left) and Dot Horton.
Nathan Lucas pictured serenading Peterlee Care Home residents Jean Roach(left) and Dot Horton.

A MUSICAL teenager is hitting all the right notes with pensioners at a care home.

Fifteen-year-old Nathan Lucas is a big hit among the residents of Peterlee Care Home.

The student of The Academy, at Shotton Hall, in Peterlee, is a regular fixture at the Wescott Road-based facility and often entertains staff and residents with his brilliant voice.

He first went along to the home to carry out work experience last year and when staff found out he could sing, was asked to perform to the residents.

Since then, he has been asked back numerous times to entertain the residents, including on Valentine’s Day.

He even went and performed for residents last week despite injuring his foot by dropping an amp on it.

Nathan comes from a musical family as his father, Brian Lucas and his late uncle, Alan Archer, were in a singing group called Cascade which toured all over the country.

Now Nathan is a member of a 10-strong dance troop called Blitz ‘n’ Pieces which performs around the local area.

Nathan, from Peterlee, whose mum is Pauline Sherrad, said: “It’s fun singing at the home because I did my work experience there and I love working around older people.

“I want to carry it on but I can’t get on the singing circuit until I’m 18.

“I’m trying to build my confidence until then.” The Frank Sinatra and Elvis fan joked: “Since I first performed for the residents I wish the home would delete my phone number because they keep on getting me back!”

The home’s activities co-ordinator, Angela Rushton, said: “He spent two weeks here on work experience last year and when we found out he could sing, that was it.

“He does karaoke all the time with our residents.

“He particularly loves hits from the 1940s, 50s, 70s and 80s.

“The residents all love him and think he is like a professional singer rather than a schoolboy.

“It’s something they really look forward to.”

Angela added that Nathan always dresses the part for his singing sessions, donning a suit.

“He really dresses to kill,” she said.