On March the 12th, Harleston House care home in Lowestoft, held a “Harleston House has got talent” event at the Trinity Methodist Church in Lowestoft.
Gareth Harding, Activities Co-ordinator at Harleston House, hosted the show for the afternoon. The performers included residents, staff and friends of the care home. One resident performed in a duo singing “Quando Quando Quando” and another resident recited a poem called “Happiness”. Despite the initial shyness of performing in front of an audience, with a bit of coaching and rehearsal, the resident gave an amazing performance. The other residents were included in a group performance of a sing-a-long featuring songs from their era including “It’s a long way to Tipperary” and “It’s a sin to tell a lie”.
The event included performances from 13 year old Lawrence who sang “When we were young” by Adele and 11 year old Leah-Marie who performed “A Thousand Years” from the Twilight saga. The audience was moved by both performances. This was followed by the performance of children from the Fay Bedford School of Dance which was thoroughly enjoyed the care home’s residents.
The winner of the talent show was Sarah Buckley, a relative of one of the residents, who performed an array of hits on the piano which prompted the residents to sing and dance along in the aisles of the church.
Sarah Buckley said of her win: “I never expected to win, I feel very pleased with how it all went”.
Jean Beatwell, another relative, said “It was a wonderful afternoon and mum very much enjoyed herself”.
Sue Graham, Manager of Harleston House, added: “It was lovely to take the residents out of the home and enjoy a new experience together with their relatives and loved ones”.
Gareth Harding, Activity Coordinator, commented: “We have the residents to thank for this afternoon as they always inspire us to do such events and they are my driving force in all I do. Events connected to music, song and dance are always received well by our residents so we look forward to the next show next year”.