1920s elegance at Bourne View’s Downton Abbey day

Bourne View resident Judy Lynall, right, in Downton Abbey costume with Companionship Team members Karen Grant A’Court and Paul Wookey

Bourne View in Poole turned the clock back a whole century with a Downton Abbey-inspired day of fun.

Residents and team members dressed as characters from the popular TV drama series set on a country estate in the post-Edwardian era.

The day began with a 1920s-style cocktail reception featuring Mimosas – champagne and chilled orange – with sherry and soft drink options.

It was followed by lunch in the home’s glitzy Hepburn restaurant consisting of recipe ideas from a Downton Abbey cookbook specially prepared by Chef Lorna Parsons.

The lunch whetted appetites for a murder mystery afternoon involving staff playing Downton characters and residents working through clues to solve the crime.

Bourne View resident Judy Lynall said: “I thought it was great that all the staff dressed up for the occasion. Everyone pulled out the stops. We had a wonderful day.”

Karen Grant A’ Court, Companionship Team Leader, said: “This was a marvellous excuse to dress up and play aristocrats for the day. While observing all the rules around social distancing and Covid prevention, everyone had great fun playing members of the 1920s landed gentry and the domestic servants who worked for them.”

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