Let it snow!

There’s plenty of fes­tive fun when the res­i­dents are reunited with their lit­tle com­pan­ions...

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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.

Life­long bonds

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

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