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UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Care home marks D-Day anniversary with music and Lord Woolton pie

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A care home has marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day by holding a day of activities.

Chiltern Court Care Home in Wendover hosted special events including a war themed lunch, live music and a raffle.

Among the food on the lunch menu was Lord Woolton pie (named after the then Minister for Food Frederick Marquis) and creamed potatoes.

The lunch was followed by a performance from clarinettist and saxophonist David Young, from Weston Turville.

He said: “It has been fantastic to be a part of this day and to have helped the residents to really enjoy themselves.”

The music was then followed by a raffle and a sit-down afternoon tea.

Activities leader Anne Caley said: “We decided to mark D-Day because given the age of the residents, it will possibly be the last time they will be around for an anniversary such as this.

“It has been a great day and it has brought back a lot of memories for them.”

One resident who remembered the war particularly well was Hilda Donovan, 93, who acted as a fire warden at nights at her then place of work at The British Ropes Ltd during the Second World War.

Hilda said: “We used to stay at the office all night and basically watch through a little slit for fires.

“At first, we had to lie on the floor in the manager’s office but we did eventually get given mattresses.

“There were normally three of us working at once so we got to know each other quite well.

“I can remember getting five shillings a night.

“We had spent all day working so we quite often slept but if you tried to get to sleep it was hard.

“I never actually had to put any fires out which was a relief.”

Hilda added she couldn’t remember much about D-Day itself, but said she enjoyed the day’s activities at the home.

She said: “I enjoyed listening to the music and I tried to have a little dance!”

 

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