Residents at Bryan Wood care home in Huddersfield became stars for the day when television cameras visited the home to film an episode of the hit CBBC series, Our School*.
The home on Bryan Road featured in the episode ‘Age Is Just A Number’ and welcomed students from Ryburn Valley High School to talk about life as you get older. The programme ‘Our School’ focuses on young pupils as they prepare to move from primary to secondary school and the challenges they might face.
When the students arrived at the home, Margaret Bradley, 85, Cynthia Appleyard, 82,Terry Wheat, 76, John Kaye, 62, Rachel Powell, 82, and Cynthia’s husband Eric Appleyard, 85, each engaged with the young people and shared their hobbies with them and chatted about their lives.
To return the favour for the hospitality, the students invited the residents to their school for an afternoon tea party. Everyone enjoyed cakes and refreshments, and some even took to the dancefloor to show off their ballroom moves.
Margaret, one of the residents who starred in the series, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent filming for CBBC’s Our School with the children from Ryburn Valley High School.
“I have made some wonderful memories and now have lots of new young friends that I would love to see again soon.”
Jenny Hanson, home manager at Bryan Wood care home, said: “Our residents were thrilled to be a part of the show and I’d like to thank Ryburn Valley High School for their kindness, in particular the wonderful students we met for the show.
“It was a once in a lifetime experience for us – it’s not every day you get to be on the TV!
“Community bonds are so important for care homes and we have made some great connections and friendships with the children at Ryburn Valley.
“Although we’re unable to have visitors at the moment, we would love to see them all again soon to catch up with each other.”