Hallgarth Care Home is very proud of the Memory Box of pictures and objects from bygone years that resident Margaret - 101 years young - has been putting together over recent months.
Margaret has a good memory, and on trips to Beamish she has spotted many things from her youth - and it became a mission to collect these memories in pictures - and put them in the Memory Box for everyone to share.
Everything in the box comes with a story, which fitted in nicely with a discussion about the poem 'What is a Senior Citizen' at Hallgarth's poetry club.
One thing led to another and before she knew it, Margaret had another project - to display the poem in a collage of pictures of products and places sparking memories.
"We had nothing in those days, but neither did anyone else! We were all in the same boat. They were hard times but happy times too. These are all the things I remember from my younger years - from cleaning the step with soapy water after washing in the poss-tub, to Vaseline that could cure all ailments, including a squeaky wheel. Going to dances, the songs of the time, riding my bike as we didn't have the bus fare to get anywhere then. The poem is very true - the world has changed."
Date published: 21 January 2019
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