Matlock care home marks Armed Forces Day with show of wartime spirit

Valley Lodge care home staff Sam Cave and Courtney Johnson dressed in Second World War costume to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 30.
Valley Lodge care home staff Sam Cave and Courtney Johnson dressed in Second World War costume to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 30.

Residents and staff at a Matlock care home have been enjoying a bit of blitz spirit as they mark Armed Forces Day today.

Staff at Valley Lodge, on Bakewell Road, dressed in authentic period costume, played Glenn Miller records, and spent time talking to residents about their personal experiences of the wartime era.

Brenda, 88, said: “I used to be in the RAF when I was a young girl and I loved it. It’s nice to remember and celebrate like this.”

The celebration was shared at all seven Ashmere Derbyshire homes as a way for the company to show its support for the national campaign recognising the service of all military personnel past and present.

Event organiser Sarah Dixon said: “It was an absolute pleasure for Ashmere to get involved with something that means so much to our residents.

“They enjoyed listening to the music and talking about their memories of serving.”