Care home res­i­dents take over air­waves

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY JAMES WYL­LIE

Lis­ten­ers of an Aberdeen ra­dio sta­tion were treated to some golden oldies af­ter three guest hosts in their 80s and 90s took over the air­waves.

Irene Cor­mack, 91, Ge­orge Fowlie 88, and fel­low 88-year-old Mar­garet Trew, who live at Per­s­ley Cas­tle Care Home in Bucks­burn, vis­ited pre­sen­ter Dave White dur­ing his Mem­ory Lane show on com­mu­nity sta­tion Shmu FM.

The guest DJs had come armed with a list of re­quests from the care home’s other res­i­dents and picked a se­ries of clas­sic tunes from the likes of Cliff Richard, Judy Gar­land and Elvis Pres­ley.

The visit was also some­thing of a re­union for 88-year-old Mr Fowlie, who vol­un­teered at the ra­dio sta­tion be­tween 2006 and 2009.

He said: “It’s won­der­ful to be back. I re­mem­ber lots of things and it’s made my day.”

Karen Cole, ac­tiv­i­ties co­or­di­na­tor at Per­s­ley Cas­tle Care Home, said: “This was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for our res­i­dents.

“They are huge fans of the Mem­ory Lane show so when the sta­tion in­vited them in to be hosts for the day they were thrilled.

“They were so en­thu­si­as­tic and had so many sug­ges­tions that we de­cided that they’d be bril­liant guest hosts.

“We work hard to en­sure that the res­i­dents re­tain con­nec­tions and have op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­gage with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“It has a re­ally pos­i­tive ef­fect on their well­be­ing.”

From left: Irene Cor­mack, Moyi­noluwa Oluwa­day­omi, Ge­orge Fowlie, Mar­garet Trew, Mur­ray Daw­son and Dave White

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