I reckon that Ma will love it there

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I’m Henry the 8th I am, Henry the 8th I am I am.’

Remember folks, Herman Hermit’s Billboard No.1 hit of 1965?

Well, I wonder what old ‘Enery would think of his Square Tower in Old Portsmouth being used for weddings?

The Square Tower was built in 1494 during Henry VII’s reign, but rebuilt in the 1520s by Henry VIII.

Last Saturday I went to my pink pals’ civil ceremony there and it was a stunning setting. For more wedding info, go to squaretower.co.uk

Earlier that day I’d read a newspaper article exposing abuse on an elderly woman with dementia in a care home. It sent chills down my spine.

As you know folks, my mother has dementia and has been in Jubilee House for two months being assessed for a care home.Well, that time has now come.

We’re living longer, so a high percentage of our ageing population is getting some form of dementia.

So if you can’t look after your elderly parent, you’ve got to find a care home.

You can visit a selection of Portsmouth’s care homes. talk to people for any recommendations of where their relative is living.

But in the end, only you can make the decision for your relative. Which I did last Friday.

Having found my first and second choice of care homes were full with waiting lists, I had no alternative but to go to my third choice.

Now, if you read this column or have met me you’ll be well aware that my mouth works on its own batteries.

So although the residence was ‘homely’, I couldn’t help shooting from the lips and saying: ‘Mmm, your decor’s not very plush’.

But after I spent nearly an hour there, aware of the warmth of atmosphere, the hustle and bustle of the staff, the laughter and the music, I went ahead and booked Ma in.

What clinched the deal was this. As I was leaving the events manager, with a flower behind her ear, was singing 1940s tunes to the residents.

What a scream. Do you know, I think Ma will love it there.

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