Red nosed Betty Parker joins in the fun at Bannatyne Lodge, Peterlee
Red nosed Betty Parker joins in the fun at Bannatyne Lodge, Peterlee

A CARE home got into the groove ready for Red Nose Day celebrations by taking a trip back to the 1970s.

Golden oldies at Bannatyne Lodge, in Peterlee, were treated to a sing-along by care home staff who dusted off their flares, platform shoes and tanktops.

Staff members at Bannatyne Lodge Nursing Home

Staff members at Bannatyne Lodge Nursing Home

The staff performed some classics from the era of peace and love, including numbers by favourites like Abba and the Bee Gees.

The performance was part of a fun-packed Friday organised to celebrate Comic Relief – even though the event is not for two weeks.

Staff at the care home decided to start the fundraising early by holding raffles and bingo throughout the day – as well as donning their seventies outfits.

Activities leader Dawn Minto said: “We hold a bingo day every Friday for our residents, and last week we decided to do something extra special with Red Nose Day in mind.

“The staff and some of the residents’ families thought it would be fun to dress up as people from the seventies and perform some songs.

“We were going to go as members of Abba originally, but so many people got involved that it just became a seventies theme. I got dressed up as a man for it!

“I think all of the residents enjoyed themselves and it was nice to be the first to kick off celebrations for Comic Relief.”

The reason for the early celebrations was that the care home is planning a big knees-up for St Patrick’s Day, which takes place the day before Comic Relief.

“We are having a big Irish-themed party,” Dawn said.

“So we figured we could bring our Comic Relief day forward and start the fundraising early.”