Let it snow!
There’s plenty of festive fun when the residents are reunited with their little companions...
The elderly residents of Lark Hill Retirement Village were given a very special treat for Christmas when their four-yearold TV companions made a oneoff return visit. Having previously formed special bonds over the 10 weeks filming heart-warming series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, pensioners including Pauleen Davies, 92, were thrilled to catch up with their little friends.
‘We had a party and the pavilion was decorated with snow, which the children were wildly excited about because they could throw snowballs,’ says Pauleen, a retired magistrate.
In the series, Pauleen was paired with fouryear-old Ismail, who she’s kept in touch with.
‘He’s gorgeous and I’ve got to know his parents. I’ve been invited to their home,’ she says.
‘A lot of the children have now started at infant school and already seemed more mature. They were delighted to see us.’
Time for giving
In this special episode, the children learn that Christmas is a time for giving and are tasked with persuading the residents to donate one item to the local food bank. They also have a surprise appearance by singer Alfie Boe, which is particularly exciting for 97-year-old fellow crooner Victor Chanter. However, the children weren’t quite so impressed...
‘It was hilarious when Alfie Boe turned up,’ says Pauleen. ‘We all sat in the front row and the children came to sit at our feet. But when Alfie started singing with a microphone, it was so powerful that the children put their hands over their ears! Alfie was lovely. He cracked up laughing and said, “Only children would do that!”’
Firm friends… Ismail and Pauleen
Surprise guest… Alfie Boe