At Barty House we pride ourselves on going above and beyond, and one of the most important parts of our job is getting to know our residents. Their likes, dislikes, how they take their tea and what time they prefer to get up in the morning. But, we also like to get to know where they have come from, what job they used to do – because the better we know them, the more we can help them settle in and make Barty Hose their home.
Our residents have some fantastic stories to tell, and that’s just the case for residents Audrey, Teresa and Magaret.
In 1935 Audrey was part of a dance troupe of boys and girls called “The Embassy Babes.” The troupe were asked to perform at The Royal Albert Hall as part of King George’s Silver Jubilee celebrations.
They danced before the princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret sat in the Royal Box with their grandmother Queen Mary. Apparently, King George V was not there on the night in question, though it was in his honour. King George V died the following year in 1936. Audrey left the troupe in 1938 to join The Ovaltineys. She traveled all over the country dancing professionally.
Check out Audrey’s dance moves on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o879bFgubEY
Teresa once drove across Death Valley, it took her four days! When asked about her epic journey she said “It was extremely hot!”.
Magaret used to work for the civilian section of the Police Force after the war, specifically working in the fingerprint department, searching the prints for matches.
“The Publican” Olive pulled pints for over 35 years alongside her husband Bill. She was Landlady to pubs in Maidstone Margate and Ashford. The Cinque Ports in Margate was a huge pub spanning three floors. As little as she is Olive the Landlady was a force to be reckoned with and took no nonsense! Her husband banned her from singing in the pubs, as he said she had a voice like a “Cheese-grater!”