Big Band Music and Songs from the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s from the Dave Egerton Band.
A letter of support from Dame Vera Lynn.
Many of the audience coming from care homes, some with dementia, and all singing along to songs they thought they had long forgotten.
‘Thanks for the Memory’ was a fantastic event. We also received a letter of support from Dame Vera Lynn which was read out before we sang ‘ There’ll be Blue Birds over the White Cliffs ofDover’ , and of course ‘We’ll meet again’. Having started with music from 1926 we finished with the Beatles and once more all sang along to Hey Jude!!! It was inspiring to see so many people there, many accompanied by their carers, clearly enjoying themselves, laughing and singing along.
During the interval Sam Lyon, a local singer song-writer, played songs from the 1960’s.
Chris Daffy ran the raffle and we raised in total £1300 that afternoon and this will be donated 50/50 to the Alzheimer’s Society and Nantwich Museum Dementia Friendship Group.
General Manager of Cranage Hall, Richard Mansell, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to support ‘Thanks for the Memory’ and be part of the inaugural concert series”. It is now planned to repeat this next year.
So … what next … well … we are planning put on another Thanks for the Memory concert later this year, in Nottinghamshire, which will be hosted by Eastwood Hall Hotel – a sister hotel to Cranage Hall. We are planning a charity dinner in the autumn at Cranage Hall to also raise money; we are already booked for next year to repeat this back at Cranage Hall: and we are investigating other opportunities to use the power of music to help those with dementia and to raise money to help them.
So many people helped to make this happen and we hope others will also want to put on similar events. Please contact us if we can collaborate.