D-Day anniversary street party for Barnstaple patients

14:46 06 June 2014

Patients and staff at Alexandra Ward enjoy their D-Day street party.

Patients and staff at Alexandra Ward enjoy their D-Day street party.

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Alexandra Ward staff organise a 70th anniversary ‘street party’ for their patients to reminisce and have ‘a jolly good time’.

PATIENTS and staff at a Barnstaple hospital ward have been marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings with a street party’.

Staff at Alexandra Ward in North Devon District Hospital pulled out all the stops today (Friday) to organise the 1940s knees-up, with flags, bunting, food and drink plus plenty of music from the time.

As well as proving a jolly good time, the party with its reminiscing about the past proved a good therapy session for the patients of the specialist dementia care ward.

“Remembering the past is very important for them,” said ward manager Paula Mascall.

“It is giving them something of interest and something they remember so vividly as it was a major event in their lives.

“One gentleman can remember being a pilot in World War II, another lady can recall the music they played back then. Plus I think people forget that this generation still like to have a damn good time!”

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