Street party feel to honour war heroes

Boyd Salmon, a WWII veteran, at Court Lodge in Lymington
Boyd Salmon, a WWII veteran, at Court Lodge in Lymington

Seventy-five years on from a date that transformed many of their lives, our residents marked VE Day with a mix of pride, respect and reflection.

All our homes staged commemorative events while observing social distancing restrictions.

In arts and crafts sessions in the weeks leading up to the anniversary, residents made Union flags, bunting and other decorations.

And on the day itself, there were tea parties, songs, poetry, copies of vintage newspapers and a host of opportunities to reminisce.

Staff in some homes dressed up as Second World War Land Girls while others performed swing and boogie-woogie songs in the style of 1940s icons The Andrews Sisters.

Residents joined people across all generations and communities in the nation’s two-minute silence and sang their own rendition of the famous Vera Lynn tune We’ll Meet Again.

Resident Rob at Castle View in Dorchester finishing off VE Day flags for the commemoration.

Resident Rob at Castle View in Dorchester finishing off VE Day flags for the commemoration.

Among our war veterans is 96-year-old Boyd Salmon who served in the Royal Navy and now lives at Court Lodge in Lymington. Boyd said: “The staff here are so attentive and they went to an awful lot of trouble to arrange this commemoration.

“Very few of my fellow residents were actually in the war because most were not of the age to be there.

“Seventy-five years is a long time ago and I tend not to think about the past. That said, it was a most enjoyable and happy commemoration and very well organised.”

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