Sitting room is taken back in time

PUBLISHED: 15:33 04 August 2006 | UPDATED: 10:45 01 June 2010

The mayor cuts the ribbon to launch the war-time room at Orchard House.

The mayor cuts the ribbon to launch the war-time room at Orchard House.

RESIDENTS at a Wisbech nursing home took a trip down memory lane on Wednesday when they discovered that one of their sitting rooms had been given a makeover to take it back in time to the 1940s. Irene Carter, a senior diversions therapist at Orchard House

RESIDENTS at a Wisbech nursing home took a trip down memory lane on Wednesday when they discovered that one of their sitting rooms had been given a makeover to take it back in time to the 1940s.

Irene Carter, a senior diversions therapist at Orchard House in Money Bank, is hoping the war-time front room will bring back fond memories for many of the home's 67 residents.

It features fabrics, upholstery, furniture and accessories from the 1940s. Even a special fireplace was installed to give the feeling of authenticity.

The room was officially opened by the mayor of Wisbech, Councillor David Oliver, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Paste and spam sandwiches and angel cakes, plus copious amounts of tea, were on offer to residents and visitors to mark the occasion.

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