Traditional treat pops up at home

POPPING IN: Kirklees Mayor Jim Dodds with his wife Carol.
POPPING IN: Kirklees Mayor Jim Dodds with his wife Carol.

The Mayor of Kirklees Jim Dodds and his wife Carol took a trip down memory lane when they visited Ashworth Grange residential and dementia care home in Dewsbury for a pop-up restaurant event.

The mayor, who is a regular visitor to the home, was invited by residents and staff to the monthly event which recreates an authentic restaurant experience for residents and their guests within the care home.

The mayor and other diners enjoyed traditional fodder from yesteryear such as black pudding, faggots with bubble and squeak and bread and butter pudding.

The conversation flowed for diners as they chatted about times gone by with the mayor and mayoress, and Jean Taylor, who has lived at Ashworth Grange for four years, said: “The Mayor and Mayoress are lovely, down to earth people, and they are welcome here any time!”

Staff decorated the cafe area with war time memorabilia such as ration books and popular childhood games while singer Linda Stott entertained with some familiar music.

Yvonne Mulholland, regional activities executive for Ashworth Grange, said: “The evening was a great success, the residents are still talking about it now. Some residents struggle at meal times and the pop-up restaurants give them the opportunity to have a full restaurant experience that also gives them a sense of occasion.

“It was great to see that this experience completely transformed them for the evening.

“The staff loved it too and it was great to welcome our special guests.”