Armoured vehicle visits Leeds care home for VE Day celebrations

Residents at a Leeds care home were treated to a visit from a 1952 Ferret Scout Car as part of their VE Day celebrations.

Sunday, 10th May 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 11th May 2020, 2:04 pm

Sue Patel, activity manager at the Grove and Red Court care homes in Pudsey, regularly sees the vehicle on her walks past Dixons of Pudsey garage.

And when she asked garage owner Craig Dixon if he would help make the VE 75th anniversary party extra special, he happily obliged.

"There was a brilliant reaction from the residents," said Sue. "Some of our residents are over 90, so they were teenagers in the war or they have memories from their parents.

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Craig Dixon from Pudsey with his son Sebastian, nine, in the Ferret scout car outside the Grove and Red Court care home (photo: Gary Longbottom).

"It created a lot of conversations, whether it was picking up rations for their parents, the parties in the streets or going to the dance halls.

"It's been difficult during lockdown as their families can't see them so it was a nice thing to do, and the 75th anniversary is a special year."

Later, residents had a tea party in the lounge and enjoyed singalongs to Vera Lynn and other wartime classics.

The Ferret was developed in 1949, but was similar to other light reconnaissance cars that were used during the Second World War.

Residents enjoyed a singalong (photo: Gary Longbottom).