Shopping trip down memory lane
A Sanctuary care home in Ilford, Essex, has recreated a 1950s-style Co-op shop complete with brand names from yesteryear to help residents relive the early post-war years.
Drinks, sweets, cereals and household products that were popular at the time appear in their original packaging on a temporary stall at Birchwood care home.
Co-op own ranges such as Spel washing powder and other brands from the 1950s including Ovaltine and Horlicks also feature in the “shop”.
The feature has proved such a hit in the home that one resident – 91-year-old Spencer Tricker – has taking on the role of shopkeeper, weighing items up for “customers” using traditional weighing scales.
“I am the son of a grocer so I know all about the job my father did,” said Spencer.
“I made some suggestions about what to have on the stall, like the scales