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Meltham Care Home Residents Enjoy Reminiscing about Their First Dates

Published: Friday 14th February 2020

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Greenacres care home has celebrated Valentine’s Day by asking residents to reminisce and share stories of their first dates.

Residents have enjoyed a host of Valentine’s themed activities and events this week, including Valentine’s Day themed party featuring live entertainment from local Ukulele band ‘The Pleasant Pluckers’. Residents will be joined at the event by their friends and families and the local community to enjoy Valentine’s themed afternoon tea.

During the festivities, residents spoke fondly of their Valentines memories and first dates.

95-year-old resident Doreen Townend said, ‘I remember the first date I ever went on was to the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. It was absolutely beautiful inside, that was where a lot of couples used to go when they were courting. I remember having so much fun dancing, it was a great first date’.

Joyce White, aged 94, recalls, ‘I remember my experiences being quite different from other couples, it was hard to date when I was a young girl as we had the war in 1939 – this interrupted everything!’. However, Joyce remembers the first boy she fell for, she said: ‘He was a boy in my school, I still remember his name, I used to tell people he was my boyfriend before he had even asked me! He used to do chalk drawings on the pavement of our faces together and other doodles. My Mother used to find it comical but I remember feeling very giggly and happy inside when I looked out of my window – it was definitely young love’.

Martin Wheelin, aged 75, has very fond memories of his first date, He said, ‘I met the girl I took on my first date at work, we both worked in a Mill. We went to Blackpool with a large group of friends, everybody wanted to come so we filled nearly 3 coaches! Despite everyone joining us, I was only interested in her. We spent the day there on the beaches and it was great! I remember it so well I can even tell you what day it was all this time later – it was a Tuesday, the 19thof June 1962’.

Pleased to share in the nostalgia, Lifestyle Manager, Jess Skirrow said, ‘Listening to our wonderful residents talking about such happy times is such a delight. Valentine’s Day can evoke so many happy memories for our residents, so it is fantastic to be able to celebrate that and invite their families to join in and listen to these stories too’.

Verity Taylor, General Manager said, ‘Our residents have wholeheartedly embraced Valentine’s Day this year. We have enjoyed so many activities such as baking Valentine’s themed buns, making decorations, listening to love songs and watching romantic movies – there has been something for everyone to enjoy’.