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‘Young at Heart’ residents commemorate outbreak of World War 1

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Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities, Environment

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Hanover residents from Hanover Close, a housing development for the over 60s in Leicester, received a special treat yesterday (Tuesday 5 August 2014) when they attended a memorial event commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1.

The event was thanks to the housing estate’s social group known as ‘Young At Heart’. The group regularly organise coffee mornings, glass painting and outings for older people in the local community.

Amongst the highlights of the afternoon residents were treated to an afternoon tea party with a difference. This included renditions of famous war songs,including the world famous Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’, which was sung by the English and German soldiers during a ceasefire on Christmas Eve in 1915.

In addition to the festivities, Hanover resident Christopher Sluggettunveiled a commemorative table with a selection of WW1 artefacts, such as ration books and medals.

Edna Wotton, the oldest member of ‘Young at Heart’, said: “The highlight of the day was the singing. Some of the renditions reminded me of my own experience during the war.”

After the event, each of the guests received a special memento of the day, which included a Union Jack box set with a commemorative card.

91-year old Ernie Lee said: “I am really grateful to ‘Young at Heart’ for once again puling off such a fantastic event. I really enjoyed swapping stories with some new and old friends about our experiences during the war.”

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