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Blast From The Past – Worcester Care Home Residents Travel Back In Time

A Worcester care home created a unique cinema experience to transport residents back to the roaring twenties.

Residents at Care UK’s Perry Manor, on Charles Hastings Way, stepped back in time as the home’s cinema was transformed into the golden era of the 1920s for a very special event.

For a truly immersive experience, team members and residents got dressed up in pearls, flapper-style dresses and feather headpieces. Everyone posed for photos against an art-deco style backdrop before being treated to a screening of The Great Gatsby.

After the film, and with music from the age of jazz playing in the background, residents enjoyed dinner from a Great Gatsby inspired menu, which included devilled eggs, pastry pigs, tomato shrimp, and mint juleps and lemon mocktails, specially made by the home’s Chef.

Residents and team members also put their dancing shoes as they boogied to the iconic 1920s Charleston dance. There was even a special musical performance from 81-year-old resident, Graham Dibbens, who serenaded the team and residents with classic songs from the era on the piano.

Betty Hann, a 96-year-old resident at Perry Manor, said: “The Charleston took me back to the days I would go dancing with my husband. It was lovely to get dressed up too, I’m so grateful to the team for the fun activities they organise.”

Katherine Matthews, Home Manager at Perry Manor, said:

“We loved being able to create our Great Gatsby experience for residents and watch them sit back and relax as they travelled back in time to the 1920s.

“Here at Perry Manor, we’re always coming up with new and exciting activities that help residents lead happy and fulfilling lives. No matter your age or ability, films can transport you to around the world and across the decades – and with The Great Gatsby being a resident favourite, we knew a 1920s party was sure to be a hit. It was great fun transforming our cinema and wearing our best outfits for this very special event, it’s not every day you get to travel back in time!
“We were so pleased that it was a huge success – I’m sure this will be the first of many movie-themed events!”