CARE HOME residents have been sharing precious memories of the Queen’s Coronation 70 years ago as they enjoy a special Jubilee garden party.

Mundy House Care Home in Basildon held a Platinum Jubilee garden party for the residents and their families.

Everyone got in the spirit by dressing up for the occasion with Union Jack hats, glasses, and flags.


Heidi Bowry, deputy manager at Mundy House, said the residents had the best afternoon.

She said: “It was such an honour and privilege to be a part of the celebrations.

“We all sat and listened to everyone’s stories of what they remember from the day itself 70 years ago.

“All the staff worked so hard to enable the residents to have the best afternoon.

“Lots of families joined in with our celebrations and the weather was lovely.

“I want to personally say a huge thank you to our activities co-ordinator Karen for her hard work and commitment to the event over the past few weeks.”

Many of the residents at Mundy House were alive when Her Majesty the Queen first took the throne, and so spent many hours talking about the memories they had.

George, 79, said he remembers watching it on his 20-inch television.

He said: “I was only eight years old when the coronation took place, we had a street party then.

“I rained most of the day back then, but the afternoon was dry, and we watched the procession on our 20-inch television.”

Rose, 89, added, how, like today, everyone came together as a community back in 1953 too.

She said: “We had ration books years ago and for the coronation the whole street got what food they could and shared it with each other.”

As well as having a garden party, earlier in the week the residents watched the flypast, which made one resident rather emotional.

Mavis, 89, said: “It is emotional for me to see the fighter planes on the television as I was in the RAF, so it brings back lots of memories.

While enjoying time with their families, residents were also treated to some sweet treats with cake, Cherry Bakewells, and Jam Tarts.

Margaret, 90, said: “I think everyone done a marvellous job and I was happy my daughter came.


Betty, 97, said: “The party was very good, the decorations were well thought out too, and I especially enjoyed the Jam Tarts!”

Patricia, 94, added: “I hope we will all be on the news because it will be lovely for everyone to see what a great day we have had!”