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Festival Fever Takes Over Care Home

Residents at a local care Poole care home experienced a taste of the music festival feeling, holding a small scale evening festival within their grounds.

Upton Bay Care Home, in Hamworthy, organised the outdoor evening fiesta to make the most of the heatwave, bringing a taste of the likes of Coachella to their residents.

Headlining the ‘main stage’ was local ukulele octet, Frayed Strings. Comprised of 8 members of the University of the Third Age, Frayed Strings tour at events across Dorset, as well as private functions, sampling their broad repertoire of hits on the 4 stringed instruments.

With a set up to rival those of the big bands, Frayed Strings lead singer Roy Floyd commented, “We treat every gig as though it were Glastonbury.”

The audience, made up of residents, staff, families, and guests from the community spent the late sunny hours sipping on gin & tonic’s galore, and glasses were topped up with Pimms a-plenty throughout, adding to the summer holiday atmosphere.

“I had a marvellous evening,” resident David shared, “It was reminiscent of the old Woodstock festivals back in the day.”

Mevin Sohorye, general manager, detailed the variety of activities and life enrichment at the care home. “Music never fails to lift the spirits of our ladies and gents. From traditional sing-a-longs to afternoons relaxing in our rock n’ roll themed music room,”

“It was a real treat for us at Upton Bay, we get to enjoy a private festival concert in our own back garden!”