RESIDENTS in care homes across the world joined together in a record-breaking Mexican wave.
People living at Palmersdene in Grange Road West, Jarrow, took part in the biggest-ever international care home Mexican wave, in celebration of National Care Home Open Day.
The wave began in Australia before moving to Europe, then over to London, before landing in Jarrow at 2.15pm.
Palmersdene residents and guests at the home took part in the wave, across video-calling service Skype, and enjoyed a World Cup-themed open day, with food from around the world.
They were also joined by South Shields singer Rosie Winter and former Sunderland player Liam Noble and the Mayor and Mayoress, Coun Fay Cunningham and Stella Matthewson.
Maureen Kane, manager of Anchor-run Palmersdene, said: “We know the older people we work with had and continue to have a positive impact on community life in Jarrow and enjoy living here.
“National Care Home Open Day is a fantastic chance for us all to show why we are so proud to work in the care sector.
“There is a stigma often associated when an older person moves into care and we want to challenge that.
“At Anchor we always organise a varied programme of meaningful activities which are beneficial to the residents’ mental and physical well-being as well as being fun. We held this open day so that members of the local community could look around and speak to our residents to hear for themselves how happy a place this is to live and about the great community spirit we have here.”