The show must go on – even in lockdown
Residents at The Manors Extra Care scheme in Prudhoe have enjoyed some fantastic lockdown entertainment – all from the comfort of their own homes.
Singer Deborah Taylor-Smith, who uses the stage name Wor Vera, performed a collection of hit songs from the 1940s and 1950s, with speakers located on the street, to maintain social distancing.
Lauren McKie is the activities coordinator at The Manors, a building with 46 apartments for older residents run by Karbon Homes. Lauren arranged for Deborah to come and sing, and helped ensure all the residents could enjoy her performance – with the speakers moved around to three locations around the building at different times.
Lauren and scheme manager Mark Pae made sure all the local residents around The Manors were aware of the performance taking place, so they were not taken by surprise - and could enjoy the show themselves.
Lauren said: “We’re obviously being very careful about social distancing, and shielding our residents at this time, so we’ve had to cancel our usual programme of events, but this presented an opportunity for everybody to join together and share an experience – even while we’re apart.
“We had a lot of residents coming to their windows to enjoy the show, smiling and moving to the music.
“It definitely lifted the spirits of our residents and the local community. We could see people dancing in their gardens, and the feedback from everyone has been fantastic. People could hear it for quite far away and so it reached a lot of people.
“We’re very grateful to Deborah for coming to visit The Manors – she will be welcome back when we’re back to operating in a more normal fashion.”