CARE home residents enjoyed a taste of the tropics at a Caribbean themed party.

The sun was out this bank holiday Monday for residents of Danby Lodge, part of Abbeyfield Darlington, as they sipped fruity cocktails, donned grass skirts, light up a barbecue, ate jerk chicken and listened to reggae music by the paddling pool in a effort to ease their way through lock down.

Staff put in plenty of effort to making the day as relaxing as possible, with a blow up palm tree and even took part in a spot of limbo in the grounds.

Kath MacColl, General Manager, said the occasion had been a bit of fun during the difficulties facing everyone.

“A bit of sunshine and a hypothetical change of scene was a real boost for everyone," she said.

"We've been in lock down for 10 weeks now, which is a really long time. Whilst for many other people life is starting to look slightly more normal, we are very cautious and we will continue to be so to ensure the safety of our residents and staff.

"But with bad news everywhere recently, this was a escape of sorts for everyone, I wanted to celebrate the bank holiday weekend. We imagined where we would most like to be if we could jet off somewhere and we thought of faraway shores with lots of white sand and sea. It was a great tonic."