Residents at North Shields care home participate in a special Remembrance DayRemembrance Day at HC-One’s Redesdale Court in North Shields seen one special Resident revisit the war.
This year’s Remembrance Day saw staff and Residents at Redesdale Court watch the live broadcast on BBC One of representatives from the Royal Family, Government and Armed Forces lay wreaths at the Cenotaph. They also took part in the moment of remembrance by observing the 2-minute silence.
To one of Redesdales Residents, Olive Kinghorn, 99, this is a very mementos occasion, so she dressed for the occasion wearing her suit jacket with medals. Olive was called up in 1942 as she said that when the men returned from Dunkirk there wasn't enough of them, so the woman were called up.
Olive was originally in the ATS as a Corporal before becoming a Sargent working on the Gun Site, where she supplied bombs to the lads. Olive served for over four years, following the family trait as both her parents had served. Olive shared many of her stories with staff and Residents, she even shared a heart-breaking story about her brother, who was killed in a prisoner of war camp.
Redesdale Court Home Manager Daniel Ridley said: “It is very important for care homes to take the time and incorporate such important days in to the Residents activity program, as it means so much to them.”
“It’s amazing that as a team we have managed to support Olive in ensuring this was a celebration for her and the other veterans who supported out country.”