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Comedian Joe Pasquale opens nightclub at Ipswich care home

PUBLISHED: 20:40 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 21:54 18 June 2018

Joe Pasquale cutting the ribbon to open the new nightclub Picture: GREENSLEEVES CARE

Joe Pasquale cutting the ribbon to open the new nightclub Picture: GREENSLEEVES CARE

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A care home in Ipswich is helping residents recover their mojo by dancing the night away at a specially designed nightclub.

Resident Tom Smith enjoying a drink at the Snug Picture: GREENSLEEVES CAREResident Tom Smith enjoying a drink at the Snug Picture: GREENSLEEVES CARE

Thornbank care home has created its very own nightclub and pub, designed for residents to spend time together reminiscing over a pint or playing traditional games.

In the evening the ‘Snug’, as it is known, is transformed into a dancefloor – where residents are encouraged to show off their best moves.

The facilities were officially opened on Saturday, June 16 by Essex-born comedian Joe Pasquale – known for his work on stage and in film. Some will remember him for winning I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here in 2004.

Lyn Andrews, activity coordinator at the home, said the pub and club had “brought fun and laughter back into our residents’ lives”.

The setting for the nightclub Picture: GREENSLEEVES CAREThe setting for the nightclub Picture: GREENSLEEVES CARE

She added that the investment had been especially beneficial for residents suffering from memory loss.

“It has been found that reminiscing about happy memories and dancing has had a positive effect of the residents with dementia,” she said. “It is essential to their well-being and quality of life and their coordination and mobility even if it is just lifting a glass.”

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