The bunting will be flying high today with VE Day celebrations taking place at Sanctuary Care’s homes up and down the country.
The team at Highcroft Hall Residential Care Home in Wolverhampton will be dressed as land girls to mark VE Day - a day which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.
The home, which provides residential care and dementia care, will be decorated in flags and bunting to create a ‘street party’ feel - with residents reminiscing with the team about where they were the day that Winston Churchill declared the war officially over.
Resident at the Sanctuary Care home, 87-year-old Les Mansell recalls his memories of VE Day. “I was 17 at the time and remember going and having my first pint on that day and getting drunk,” he said.
“Those who fought gave everybody in the country their freedom – many good men gave their lives for us.”
For lunch there will be a buffet featuring food from the era of rationing – including spam sandwiches, jelly with evaporated milk, hard boiled eggs and bananas as these were virtually impossible to get hold of.
Meanwhile the team at Greenslades Nursing Home in Exeter, which provides nursing care and dementia care, will be dressed from head-to-toe in military uniform, which was kindly donated by 6th Battalion The Rifles regiment.
There will be a feast of wartime inspired refreshments, from meat-paste and pickle sandwiches to chicory coffee.
The home’s activities leader Kirsty Sparkes said: “It’s fantastic that VE Day is being celebrated 70 years on and we are thrilled that Greenslades is part of the celebrations.”
In London the team and residents at Riverlee Residential and Nursing Home, which provides residential care, nursing care and dementia care, will be commemorating the anniversary with a wartime-themed sing along, with a helping hand from independent charity Love for Life.