Oxfordshire care home invites drag queen to jubilee party

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A CARE home got into the jubilee spirit by welcoming royalty – of sorts – to a street party-style event.

The Close in Burcot took its Queen-themed celebration to the next level, by inviting London drag queen, Vanity von Glow.

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Sanjay Dhrona, managing director of The Close, said: “Our residents have been there, done that and have some very fond memories of special occasions throughout their life, not just 70 years ago when the Queen was crowned.

“They are much more invested in diversity and inclusion than often realised, and are remarkable people with exciting life stories.

“Sometimes doing the unexpected lifts the lid on some beautiful adventures and life experiences and invites them the opportunity to reminisce and share.

Oxford Mail: Vanity von Glow entertained residents from The Close, in Burcot. Picture provided by The CloseVanity von Glow entertained residents from The Close, in Burcot. Picture provided by The Close

Oxford Mail: The Close care home in Burcot hosted a Platinum Jubilee party. Picture provided by The CloseThe Close care home in Burcot hosted a Platinum Jubilee party. Picture provided by The Close

“So when it came time to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, we thought another type of queen was a great way to do something traditional but with a twist.

“From taking the time to listen, we know our residents were entertained throughout the years by the likes of Hinge and Bracket, Lily Savage, Dame Edna, and laughed along to Are You Being Served? and Carry On camp humour.

“The generation we care for are looking for something fun, exciting and humorous, and after lockdown, it was the perfect way to add some pizzazz.”

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This story was written by Liam Rice, he joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

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