One of the most iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll songs of all time was released on 20th May 1954. ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley & His Comets reached number one in both the USA and UK singles charts, and became the anthem for millions of rebellious 1950s teenagers.
Care UK residents have been celebrating the song’s 65th birthday and getting into the 1950s spirit by dancing, enjoying live music and joining up with local schoolchildren to remember their younger years in the Rock ‘n’ Roll era.
Watch our video of residents remembering the music.
A busy time for Elvis
Our homes have been keeping Elvis tribute acts busy this month. At Abney Court in Cheadle, ‘the King’ came along to sing and entertain residents, while some took to the dance floor in fifties gear. Elvis also managed to make it to a number of other Care UK homes to serenade residents, including Harrier Lodge in Whitstable.
Our homes in the Midlands did the era proud. At Perry Manor, in Worcester, the party was non-stop, with colleagues and residents getting into the party mood – helped by popcorn, cakes, doughnuts and milkshakes. They were having so much fun that video after video was appearing on their Facebook page.
Live music was the order of the day at Priors House in Leamington Spa. Resident dance expert, Danny, couldn’t resist the chance to grab a partner and show off his moves whilst Rena and The Renegades belted out 50’s and 60’s tunes.
1950s films, ice cream parlours and classic cars
Some homes decided to run with the 1950s theme for the whole week. Heather View and Francis Court, both in Sussex, showed films, enjoyed live music, quizzes and reminiscence sessions, and served up food themed around the era.
Classic cars were stars of the show at Hartismere Place in Ipswich, when residents enjoyed a party in the retro cafe and ice cream parlour.
Care UK’s homes around London went to town too. Residents, relatives and colleagues at The Burroughs in Middlesex and Oak House in nearby Slough got together for an outdoors Rock ‘n’ Roll party. A DJ, hot dogs and ice cream and a stunning record-themed cake all ensured things went with a swing.
Meanwhile, the team at Mountbatten Grange in Windsor effortlessly blended Dementia Action Week, an activity with local schoolchildren, and 1950s memories with the children making and showing ‘50s memory boards for the residents’ reminiscence session. The residents handed out their certificates of achievement before everyone got together for a 1950s-style lunch. Then it was time to dress up and dance!