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 Storytelling brings Thornaby’s young and elderly together

Storytelling brings Thornaby’s young and elderly together

By 2nd February, 2018 Press Releases No Comments

YOUNG and elderly shared their favourite stories as part of a national celebration of storytelling.

Pupils from Mandale Mill Primary School visited residents at Mandale House Care Home, both in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees.

The Year 5 children were there for the annual National Storytelling Week, the 18th year the event has been promoted by The Society For Storytelling.

The event, which aims to encourage the old tradition of oral storytelling, saw the pupils reading books and talking to the residents.

Teacher Jane Brown said: “It’s great to see the children come out of their shells and interact with the people who live at Mandale House Care Home.”

Resident Irene Fleming said: “It’s lovely when the children come to visit. They read their books to us and we get to chat about all sorts of things.”

Michael Allen, home manager at Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, said: “The pupils really enjoyed reading to the residents and they thoroughly enjoyed it as well.

“One pupil put a big smile on resident Margot’s face when reading her favourite book to her. And another said she loved talking to Irene about hairstyles and make-up as she’d just been the hairdresser.

“Books and oral storytelling are enjoyed just as much by all generations and it really brings both the young and elderly in our community together.

“We’re already looking forward to celebrating National Storytelling Week next year.”

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