After the hall was decorated with Union Jack flags and balloons, the school choir played classic songs from the 1940s and 50s, including “We’ll Meet Again” and “Whatever Will Be Will Be.”
The residents of the South Hylton nursing home were also served cups of tea from Union Jack teapots and enjoyed a delicious selection of cakes, quiches and sandwiches.
Margaret Staar, 89, said: “This is the first visit we’ve had since Covid and I’ve really enjoyed it. The children’s singing was beautiful. She was a good queen and I am really looking forward to the anniversary celebrations.”
Doris Foster, 89, added: “This afternoon was wonderful and the spread was lovely – especially the quiche. I loved the children singing and my favorite was We’ll Meet Again.
“The Queen was a wonderful leader, although like all families, she had her ups and downs.”
Gwendoline Miller, 92, who also enjoyed singing along to Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime classic, added: “I enjoyed the cakes and sandwiches as well as the singing. I like to get out and it’s nice to see the kids.”
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He said: “I’m so glad we’re back in the Championship and that’s why I particularly enjoyed ‘Whatever Will Be Will Be’. It’s the first time I’ve been outside since Covid. It was a great afternoon and great to see the kids.”
After completing their performance, the children of the choir enjoyed chatting with the residents.
Milenna Godoy-Scott, nine, said: “I loved today. It’s great to do something for the elderly in the community. I like the Queen very much and her 70 years have been a blessing.”
Dominic Jackson, 10, added: “I’ve really enjoyed singing and it’s nice to see the residents of the care home. It’s good to mingle with people of different generations.
“It’s important to celebrate the anniversary as she is a good queen.”
The tea party wasn’t the first connection between the children and the residents. At the height of the pandemic, children received information about residents’ lives and wrote individual letters to them.
Emily Byers, eight, said: “I have written to a lady called Doris and she is here today. It’s nice to meet her and I’ll ask her how it was when she was my age.”
The project was coordinated by kindergarten teacher Amy Maher.
She said: “It’s been an amazing afternoon and it’s really important for kids to be around people of that age.”
Coach Kimberley Heads said: “Today was brilliant. They love meeting the kids and it cheers them up.”
Headteacher Lesley Cassidy added: “An important part of our wellbeing project is connection and that’s how we let residents know we’ve thought of them. It is the first time they have been outside since the pandemic and we were delighted to open our doors to them.”
Cakes were donated by Humbledon and Plains Farm Youth FC.