A Trafford care home has marked its 10 year anniversary with aTikTokrap written and performed by a resident.
Former pub landlady Rose Turner, 72, penned Rose’s Rap to celebrate a decade of De Brook Lodge in Flixton, which is operated by Ideal Carehomes.
The rap, which Rose performs along with carer Allison Chadwick, begins “My name is Rose…I live here, Used to have a pub and serve loads of beer”.
Rose, who lives with Parkinson’s Disease, which affects her mobility and speech, goes on to rap about the excellent food, entertainment and friendly staff at the Irlam Road home where she has lived for the last year.
The 120 second clip also features an appearance from the home’s maintenance man Darren Ellerton, who is dressed as children’s character Bob the Builder.
Rose, who used to run the Little B pub on Marsland Road in Sale, refers to his nickname in her rap, with the line “Darren pops by to fix the place, Bob the Builder we call him to his face.
The rhyme ends “Another great day at De Brook, the place I now call home, I don’t ever get fed up or feel alone.”
Rose said: “Me and Allison always have such a laugh together so I decided to write a rap for us to perform to celebrate De Brook’s first decade.
“At 72 and 60, we might be a bit older than the average rapper, but I think we’re going to do really well on TikTok!”
After enjoying Rose’s recital, De Brook residents celebrated alongside the Mayor Cllr Laurence Walsh with an afternoon of entertainment, fizz and cake. Every resident received a gift.
Residents watched as Cllr Walsh helped to bury a time capsule in the gardens. To be dug up in 50 years’ time, it contained photos, letters from staff and residents and Covid-related items including masks and hand sanitiser.
Three members of staff were also celebrating their long service at De Brook Lodge. Cook Linda Smith has provided home-cooked meals since launch in 2012 and carer Mavis Clarke and lifestyle manager Danielle Aikenhead will have worked at the home for 10 years in the summer.
De Brook Lodge is a purpose built luxury care home with 52 ensuite bedrooms. With landscaped sensory gardens, a cinema room and a family room, it is rated good by the Care Quality Commission.