Manor Gardens Care Home resident David Gibbens is pictured with staff wearing fancy dress at a wartime-themed tea party at the home.

Trench cake among treats at wartime tea party

The flags were out at Manor Gardens Care Home, between Uckfield and Herons Ghyll, on Friday as a wartime themed tea party was held in recognition of the 100th anniversary of World War 1 and the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The event coincided with National Care Home Open Day and there was plenty of delicious food for visitors and residents including trench cake, carrot cake, finger sandwiches and homemade lemonade served from vintage bottles, while Vera Lynn played in the background on an old-fashioned wireless.

Scenes and footage from WW1 were projected onto a wall and memorabilia such as old ration books, black and white photographs and even a Daily Telegraph dated 1943 were there to help residents remember the old days.

Staff dressed up as WW1 and WW2 nurses, land girls, soldiers, sailors and war-time pilots. Many of the residents were land girls themselves so this sparked many memories and tales from the past.

The downstairs lounge was full to over-flowing and spilled out into the garden where others sat out enjoying the sunshine.

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