Wild West comes to care home

Country and Western singer Andy Bell (rear centre) entertains residents and staff at Ashwood Park Care Home Easington Colliery
Country and Western singer Andy Bell (rear centre) entertains residents and staff at Ashwood Park Care Home Easington Colliery

THE Wild West was brought to a care home when residents were treated to a singalong from a renowned local vocalist.

Andy Brown, a former miner from Easington Colliery, is also a country music star who was the first British artist to be honoured in America’s Country & Western Music Hall of Fame.

He brought his distinct cowboy style to Ashwood Park Care Home, in Seaside Lane in his home village, and entertained around 25 people including residents, relatives and staff.

Home manager Margaret Moss said: “We always have Andy here, he goes around a lot of care homes and is very popular, plus he is very local.

“Our residents absolutely loved it, it was a really good day.

“I think it’s also because Andy has a nice personality and he chats to them too.”

Andy spent around an hour belting out country and western hits.

The day before his visit, care home residents were also visited by ladies from St Mary’s Church choir, who pop in to sing regularly.

The home has a host of other activities planned for the coming months, including tea dances at Easington Social Welfare Centre every Tuesday, staff taking part in a sponsored bike ride for National Carers’ Day later this month.

There is also a project with Easington Seed Pods who are helping to develop a sensory garden for residents suffering from dementia.