Residents and team members at Sunrise of Tettenhall have marked the start of British summertime with traditional maypole dancing.
Maypole dancing has a rich history. Dating back hundreds of years, it used to celebrate Whitsun and Midsummer.
In Britain, the practice had become increasingly popular throughout the ensuing centuries, with maypoles becoming "communal symbols" that have brought local communities together. Today, the tradition has spread through Europe and European communities, all the way to the Americas.
Thanks to the kind pupils and staff from Claverley Primary School, who kindly let the care home borrow their Maypole and ribbons, residents were able to do just this.
For Sunrise of Tettenhall, the decision to bring the tradition to their care home this year was inspired by the idea of evoking happy memories within their residents of summers of past. After a challenging year for all, but especially older people and care homes in the UK, this activity provided a great opportunity to put a smile back on the face of those individuals.
With many residents taking part in the dance as children, dressed in their best summer outfits, this activity has been thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Despite intending to only use the maypole for the month of May, with so much enjoyment to be had, residents and team members have continued to dance on numerous occasions into June, much to the delight of all those who watched and have taken part.
Reflecting on their Maypole dancing, Geraldine Bunning at Sunrise of Tettenhall, said:
“It has been an excellent way of maintaining our close friendship with Claverley Primary School through the pandemic and subsequent lock downs. We have previously enjoyed supporting a lovely intergenerational mix through artistry, music and sharing knowledge through the age gap. We look forward to this continuing long into the future.”
Resident Vera Enefer added, “It’s been fantastic. We may not have always known what we were doing most of the time, but it was certainly great fun!”.
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