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Spectacular start to Christmas for care home residents in Kelling

PUBLISHED: 06:00 22 December 2016

Singers from the Thursford Spectacular entertaining the residents at Pine Heath Care Home.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Singers from the Thursford Spectacular entertaining the residents at Pine Heath Care Home. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

Residents at a north Norfolk care home were treated to a taste of the UK’s biggest festive show, when a 30-strong team of performers from the Thursford Christmas Spectacular stopped off to sing carols and show tunes.

Singers from the Thursford Spectacular entertaining the residents at Pine Heath Care Home.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSingers from the Thursford Spectacular entertaining the residents at Pine Heath Care Home. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Pine Heath Care Home, at High Kelling, near Holt, already runs a programme of Christmas activities, including visits from entertainers ranging from musicians to magicians, but staff were thrilled when they got a call from Thursford.

“They just phoned out of the blue,” said the home’s activities co-ordinator Adam Faherty. “We had thought about asking them to visit, but thought they would be too busy, so were over the moon when they offered to sing here.”

The singers, who arrived sporting Christmas jumpers and hats, entertained the home’s 37 residents – whose ages range from 69 to 99 - with carols and songs from the show, which, now in its 40th year, will be seen by more than 180,000 people during its six-week run.

“They were fantastic,” Mr Faherty said. “Our residents absolutely loved the singing, but it was the little things that really made the difference, like the fact that they stayed for half an hour to sit and chat afterwards.”

Singers from the Thursford Spectacular entertaining the residents at Pine Heath Care Home.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSingers from the Thursford Spectacular entertaining the residents at Pine Heath Care Home. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Pine Heath residents are now looking forward to the rest of their festive programme, including Christmas bingo sessions and a visit this week from Briston Salvation Army carol singers.

Singers from the Thursford Spectacular entertaining the residents at Pine Heath Care Home.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSingers from the Thursford Spectacular entertaining the residents at Pine Heath Care Home. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Singers from the Thursford Spectacular entertaining the residents at Pine Heath Care Home.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSingers from the Thursford Spectacular entertaining the residents at Pine Heath Care Home. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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