Lockdown celebration goes with a swing

Jack Scorgie entertained the troops on May 8th this year just as he had in 1945.

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Residents at North Argyll Care Home celebrated the 75th Anniversary of VE Day in a variety of ways.

Friday May 8 marked a big event in the lives of many of the occupants, many of whom lived through the war, with the partaking of a wee dram and homebaking complementing a sing-a-long to all the old war time songs.

Elizabeth Reid is holding poster ‘From all residents at north Argyll House.

At 100 years old Mrs Elizabeth Reid clearly remembers the day that saw the allied troops claim victory in Europe. She was in Elgin at the time and there was a huge street party. She recalls lots of empty alcohol bottles lying in the street. She said they all kept a bottle in their cupboard for the very occasion

Mrs Cathie Potter, who turns 100 on June 12, recalled that everyone was hugging and crying.

‘We were singing and dancing in the streets. It was a really great day,’ she recalled.

Mr Jack Scorgie, 94, plays a melodeon regularly for the residents and remembers playing it as a 19-year-old on the day 75 years ago, marching up and down the street. At the recent celebration Jack entertained the troops once again.

A spokesperson for the home added: ‘It has been hard for all the residents during these trying times; not seeing their families.

‘They are keeping in touch through modern technology (Facetime and phone calls).

‘We are all making the best of a bad situation by enjoying sitting in the garden in the great April weather and keeping each other’s spirits up.’