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WATCH: Home D-Day party in honour of Bob

An afternoon to celebrate the life of a resident at a care home in West Sleekburn took place on the anniversary of D-Day, June 6.

Bob Tait was among the truck drivers who transported soldiers during the landings in Normandy in 1944 and then across a few different countries over a period of months as the Allies liberated parts of western Europe from the Nazis.

Bob Tait receives cuddles from The Vintage Belles. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Bob Tait receives cuddles from The Vintage Belles. Picture by Jane Coltman.

These men – some of whom, including Bob, were under 21 at the time – drove the vehicles that carried troops from various Infantry Divisions of the British Army.

His family was invited to the D-Day party at Wansbeck Care Home, which included a performance by The Vintage Belles singers, and staff were dressed in 1940s clothing.

Home manager Nick Smith said: “We decided to have a party on June 6 as we had the information from the family about what Bob did in his Me and My Care booklet.

“We all had a great afternoon and it was wonderful to see how much he enjoyed it. He shook my hand and said thank-you at the end.

Bob Tait, second from left at front, with members of his family, who were invited to the party at Wansbeck Care Home. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Bob Tait, second from left at front, with members of his family, who were invited to the party at Wansbeck Care Home. Picture by Jane Coltman.

“I would like to thank activities co-ordinator Allana in particular for organising such a fantastic party.”

Staff at the care home joined in the fun. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Staff at the care home joined in the fun. Picture by Jane Coltman.