Home puts on an open day show to mark Queen's birthday

Residents put on a Geordie-themed performance as they helped celebrate the Queen's birthday.

Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 5:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 6:01 pm
Residents and staff at Cheviot Court dressed up for the party.

Cheviot Court Care Home in Horsley Hill Square, South Shields, welcomed visitors on Care Home Open Day, with South Tyneside's mayor Councillor Olive Punchion joining in the event.

The day runs nationwide to forge lasting relationships between care homes and local communities, and to dispel common myths about care home life.

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, front, joined staff, residents and friends of the home at the day.

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The home marked the occasion by throwing a royal-inspired party in honour of the Queen’s 92nd birthday.

Its team organised a 1940s street party celebration, with a Geordie-inspired buffet prepared by Cheviot Court’s in-house chefs.

Guests also enjoyed a Geordie show, which was created and performed by the residents, as well as a tuneful recital from the residents’ choir.

Louise Damms, home manager, said: “We had a fantastic afternoon celebrating Care Home Open Day at Cheviot Court.

Cheviot Court team members Heather Wileman, left, and Erica Hutchinson, right, with resident Doris Mowat who was the home's Queen for the Day.

"The residents all really enjoyed marking the Queen’s birthday with a party, and they had a brilliant time putting on the show for their friends and family.

“Care Home Open Day is all about building bridges with our local community, and showing what life in a care home is really like, so it was fantastic to see so many of our neighbours come along to celebrate.

"We would like to say a big thank you to Olive Punchion the people of South Shields for making the day so special.”