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Residents at a local care home recently danced to the sound of rock ‘n’ roll classics from their youth at a party to mark the 65th anniversary of the launch of the record ‘Rock Around the Clock’, widely considered Britain’s first rock ‘n’ roll anthem. 

Care UK’s Murrayside care home, at South Beechwood, threw the 1950s-themed celebration with classic songs performed by singer and entertainer Danny Feelgood, who kept the party atmosphere going all afternoon.

The initiative, launched by Care UK, encouraged its care homes across the country to get together and host rock ‘n’ roll-themed events to mark the iconic anniversary. As well as having fun, the events were the perfect opportunity for residents to reminisce about their younger years and share memories associated with the 1950s.

Murrayside Fifties Resident Dougie with Murrayside team member Lisa and home manager Michelle Reid (right) PHOTO JON SAVAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

Michelle Reid, home manager at Murrayside, said: “We had a fantastic afternoon stepping back in time with everyone to mark the 65thanniversary of ‘Rock Around the Clock’, and the residents really enjoyed sharing their memories from this era.

“Singing and dancing can be a powerful reminiscence activity, and our event certainly brought back a lot of memories, as many residents witnessed the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. It was great to hear their stories – and even learn a dance move or two!”

Murrayside care home has been specially designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence. The care home incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities, and has its own cinema, hair salon and café.

Gill Gray Customer Relations Manager dances with resident Sam PHOTOS JON SAVAGE PHOTOGRAPHY 07762 580971