‘Welcome to the Emerald City’ was the dramatic theme for this year’s Fun Day.
Residents and staff spent many happy hours together making the extravagant decorations and costumes for the eye-catching event, inspired by the Wizard of Oz. All who attended the event smiled at the spectacle of familiar areas of the village revamped into Kansas, Munchkinland, the Witch’s Castle and the Emerald City. Staff members Gail, Erica and Amy Jones led guests along the Yellow Brick Road, singing highlights from the film.
Ruby slippers were not compulsory, but various characters including Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, winged monkeys and witches made an appearance and lead a large crowd in following the Yellow Brick Road in search of the Land of Oz.
To deserving applause, the Best Scarecrow competition was won by the Tin Man, and created by the Reception team and who definitely had a heart. Their entry was constructed mostly from re-cycled materials, in line with the retirement village’s sustainability aims. The Best Fancy Dress winner was Jak Patterson aged 5, who coincidentally was also the Tin Man!
The sun shone as families enjoyed themed refreshments with other guests in the grounds. Local band The Seasonal Singers then gave an Oz-worthy performance on an outdoor stage, set in the gardens.
Pam Mooney, Middleton Hall’s Operations Director, said:
“As always, this year’s Fun Day was fantastic entertainment and a chance for residents, staff and guests to relax and have a good time together “.
After a truly ‘fun day’, guests clicked their heels and it was time to go home.