For weeks, the residents of the Moorgate Croft care home in Rotherham have been practising Christmas carols to join the town’s festive light switch-on, via pre-recorded video.
The home, on Nightingale Close which forms part of Moorgate Care Village, has taken up the opportunity to participate in this year’s light switch-on, on 26 November from 6pm. Singing residents from Moorgate Croft will be streamed to take part in the event to mark the official start of Rotherham’s Christmas celebrations.
The event will be the first of its kind since 2018, after bad weather forced its cancellation in 2019 and the pandemic curtailed plans in 2020.
Sheilagh Sweeney, home manager at Moorgate Croft, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic for our residents to be able to get involved with the festivities on the 26th. We absolutely love Christmas at Moorgate Croft, so we’ve had a whale of a time practising our carolling the past few weeks!
“At Moorgate Care Village, we take great pride in being at the very heart of our local community and we’re really looking forward to being part of the celebration!”
Barrie Richmond, 82, a resident at Moorgate Care Village, said: “It’s lovely to be able to take part. We’ve all really enjoyed singing the carols and we’re looking forward to being part of the big show.”
As well as taking part in the official switch-on, the video of residents will be used throughout December on the Christmas bus.