The residents and staff of the new Castle View retirement village in Windsor pushed the boat out for VE Day with a full day’s programme of patriotic events which included:
11am – 2 minutes silence
2pm – Singing on the balconies
3pm – Churchill speech
4pm – Cream tea
6pm – Katherine Jenkins – live stream concert
9pm – Nationwide sing-along to ‘We’ll meet again’ and The Queen’s Speech
“It was such a joyous day,” commented resident John Webster, 87, “and really hit the spot in blending commemoration and celebration – remembering those who had lost their lives while rejoicing that it was all over.”
The events took place across the village, in the Sky lounge, restaurant and reception, and with residents joining in with singing from their balconies while maintaining good social distance.
All the residents had agreed as a group to go into self-lockdown in the village ahead of the Government’s decision to get everyone to isolate at home, and to support them, village manager Lisa Fisher and her dog Benjy, and restaurant manager, Caz Hughes, moved in with additional support from other members of staff.
“It was a fine day of celebration,” said Robin Hughes, CEO of Castle View, “and another great example of the community spirit that our residents and staff enjoy together.”