A professional singer from Preston popped into Fleetwood Hall Care Home to entertain the residents – and surprise her dad.
Susan Armstrong’s father, Ken, was among the audience listening to her rendition of popular songs from the 1950s and 1960s.
Ken, 91, said: “It was a real treat to see Susan perform again, and I was so proud to hear her singing in front of all my fellow residents. We had such a lovely day.”
Susan has performed in many venues across Blackpool, Manchester, Chester and Cumbria over a 30-year career. During lockdown, she regularly sang for her elderly neighbours throughout their socially distanced games of bingo.
She said: “I love singing and spreading the joy of music. It was extra special for me to pop into Fleetwood Hall Care Home to sing not only for the residents, but for my lovely dad.
“The staff at the home do an unbelievable job of looking after him and also looking after us as a family. Singing some of the residents’ favourite songs was a great way to give the home my thanks and appreciation for everything they do.”
Joanne Warren, Manager of Fleetwood Hall Care Home, a residential and dementia care home in the heart of Fleetwood in Lancashire, said: “Susan was a great hit with our residents, and it was particularly touching watching her singing to her dad.
“When she arrived, she heard another one of our residents singing the Beatles hit song Yellow Submarine and she surprised him throughout the performance by singing it and dedicating it to him. Lots of our residents got up to dance too.
“After she had finished singing, Susan chatted to all our residents and asked them for their song requests ahead of her next visit. We can’t wait to have her back.”
Resident Josie Watts, 84, said: “I kept getting up to dance and to sing along. It was absolutely wonderful and I didn’t want Susan to finish the show.”
Fellow resident Roland Hanley, 88, said: “I was really pleased I put on my dancing shoes because I couldn’t stay sitting down. Sue was marvellous and I had great fun singing along to her songs. She has a great voice.”