Summer Holiday at Hartlepool care home

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CARE home residents played host to Cliff Richard for an afternoon as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of a famous British musical film.

Although the staff and residents at Brierton Lodge Care Home, in Brierton Lane, were not able to welcome the real thing, a cardboard cut out of the famous singing star cut a striking image in the car park and around the care home.

Residents had a “fantastic” time as they sang along to Cliff Richard’s biggest hits to celebrate 50 years since the release of a film he starred in, Summer Holiday.

Mary Richardson, activities co-ordinator at Brierton Lodge, explained where the quirky idea came from.

Mary told the Mail: “Bupa do something called a big 12 where we host an event every month for the residents.

“Sometimes Bupa give us ideas of what to do and this month they gave us a theme of Summer Holiday.

“Somebody then pointed out to us that it was 50 years since the release of the Summer Holiday film so we thought it would be nice to tie that in.”

Mary added: “We had an entertainer in which the residents always enjoy and they had a good sing-a-long.

“It was something a little bit different to what we normally do and they all really enjoyed it, they had a fantastic time.”

Mary also thanked Stagecoach who provided the care home with a vintage bus from Hartlepool for the afternoon, which went down a treat with staff and residents who were photographed getting on it.

She added: “Our residents are always really keen on getting involved with all of the activities we organise.

“Even those who are suffering quite badly with dementia still like to have a good sing-a-long and it makes them happy.”