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Organist brightens up a cold frosty morning in Durham

When the residents at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham woke up on Friday 13th January 2017, they were greeted with the lovely signs of winter, as an overnight frost had decorated the land.

Later in the afternoon, Ernie Sturdy a local organist came in to brighten up the residents’ day. He took the residents back in time to the dance halls of the 1930s and 40 with a variety of music.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, said: “The residents loved listening to Ernie play. His set covered every sort of music you could think of so all of the bases were covered. It was a nice afternoon, as it got the residents talking and reminiscing about the time they spent in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom listening and dancing to Reginald Dixon, who played with the ‘Blackpool Sound’ from the 1930s all the way up to the 1970s on the mighty Wurlitzer Organ.”

The conversation and reminiscing continued long after Ernie left Hallgarth. Some of the residents realised that they were in Blackpool at the same time, and there’s a chance in their younger years, they may have had a whirl with each other.

Remembering Blackpool, Margaret told everyone how she remembered listening to the Radio broadcasts from the Blackpool Wurlitzer organ while working in a factory after the war. “What happy memories they were,” Margaret reminisced.

Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, respite care and intermediate care.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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