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DOWN MEMORY LANE FOR THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY

24 June 2016

To celebrate the Queen’s 90thbirthday, residents at Elmwood got together for a journey down memory lane with Nigel Dawson on Tuesday, 14th June. “Nigel gave us a talk. It included photo slides and music as well as lots of information about the Queen’s background. Well, what a great time we had!” – commented Terri Johnson, Activity Carer.

The residents and staff learnt many interesting titbits such as the fact that the Queen was called “Lilibet” by her grandpa; that her nanny was called Clara Knight and that she only wears shoes with 2 1/4 inch heels. Everyone was fascinated to learn that the Queen has only once been officially photographed wearing trousers, in 1970. Her umbrellas all match her outfits; her silk scarves are from Hermes, and her favourite radio show is “The Archers”. Last but not least, she was only 14 years old when she made her first radio broadcast and 27 at her time of coronation.

Many of the residents had fond memories of growing up during the Queen’s reign. Eileen Ingram recalled the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, when along with friends, she had camped out in The Mall with thousands of others. Unfortunately, it rained all day and everyone got soaked – including Queen Salote of Tonga.

Daisy and Lucy, who are first floor residents, were clapping and singing along when old songs were played - like “Sentimental Journey”, which was sung by the 1950s movie icon Doris Day, who is a favourite of the Queen. 

Nigel, who has visited us before, loved the interaction and feedback that he got. In the audience, Norma, Eva, Charley, Rosa, Jennifer and Shirley, said they had really enjoyed themselves and how nice it was to go over the history of our fantastic head of state. All were grateful for the interesting talk and hope they would have another one soon.

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