ELDERLY residents shared their wartime memories as part of 40s-themed Armed Forces Day activities.

Staff at Pelton Grange Care Home, near Chester-le-Street, Pelton, have been hearing stories of the blitz, blackouts and listening to the BBC on “the wireless” for updates.

Residents joined in a singalong with entertainer Janie St John, who dressed in an authentic period uniform.

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Pack Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag, We’ll Meet Again and Keep The Home Fires Burning were just some of the favourites.

One of the home’s oldest residents, 100-year-old Mabel Fenwick, said: “The wardens would come around during the blackout and make sure there were no lights showing from the houses.

“We were only allowed to use one candle to illuminate the room as you didn’t want the bombers to know where to drop their bombs.”

Another residents, Margaret Waggett, 78, said: “The songs reminded me of being a wee girl sitting with my mum listening to the radio and the posh man with the BBC voice during the black out.”

Chris Hogan-Hind, home manager at Pelton Grange Care Home, said: “Everyone had a fantastic time at the Armed Forces Day celebration with entertainer Janie St John.

“She put on a brilliant performance and the residents thoroughly enjoyed singing along and talking about their memories from WW2 and the stories their parents told them about WW1.

“It was obviously a dark time but our residents have a lot of shared and fond memories and the benefits of reminiscence events such as this are profound.

“Increased sociability, mobility and an improvement in overall mood are just some. Everyone is in high spirits for days afterwards.”