REDCOT in Haslemere turned the clock back to the 1940s at a Second World War-themed event to mark National Care Home Open Day.

Pupils from St Ives School joined families and visitors to hear first hand from residents what life was like in the war years and share precious photos.

Visiting students then delivered a presentation on what they had learned.

A special 1940s menu was served for lunch, before the afternoon festivities, which featured classic hits sung by Paul Grainger, afternoon tea and Pimms.

Resident Evelyn Morrison, 94, said: “It was really touching that the children were so interested in our memories of life back then, and I loved telling them all the things I remember.

“I honestly don’t think we stopped chatting all day – everyone was reminiscing. It was such a lovely atmosphere. I really enjoyed our impromptu singalong with Paul – he had a marvellous voice and those songs mean a lot to many of us.”

Redcot staff dressed up in 1940s outfits, decorated the home’s dining room in bunting and served afternoon tea on vintage bone china. The team also bought in their own wartime props to create the right atmosphere.

Manager Sharon Fields said: “It was a fabulous day and wonderful to see all our residents so happy and chatty.

“One relative told me her mum had been sharing stories she’d never even told the family before. Another told me her mum hadn’t stopped smiling all day.

“My whole team worked so hard to make sure every detail was perfect and I think we managed to give everyone a real flavour of the 1940s. I was so proud to hear our visitors were really impressed with what a happy, fun-filled care home we run.”