Pensioners transform into rock stars

Queen: Photo by Ian Cann, MRCPhoto
Queen: Photo by Ian Cann, MRCPhoto

Pensioners from a retirement village have posed as legendary musicians for a 2016 calendar.

Residents at Shenley Wood Village transformed into the likes of Queen, Wham, Elvis Presley, Spice Girls and Abba to create a calendar that would make the world smile.

Spice Girls: Photo by Ian Cann, MRCPhoto

Spice Girls: Photo by Ian Cann, MRCPhoto

Both staff and residents joined in on the fun to create The Village People following last year’s hugely successfully calendar called The Golden Age of Cinema.

Leigh West, village Activities Facilitator at Shenley Wood Village, said: “We wanted this calendar to have a raw, edgy feel to the last.

“The buzz in the village was amazing, with members of the band ‘Kiss’ drinking tea and eating cake in Café and ‘Michael Jackson’ serving customers in the village Shop.

“Even though I know how vibrant our residents are, I was still taken aback by their willingness to go all out and their individual dedication to the project.”
During the one-day photo shoot, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga answering calls on reception while zombies danced to Thriller in the Village Piazza.

Ms West said: “Apart from having the best time ever in the retirement village, and generating support from our community through calendar sales.

“I hope that the calendar promotes the idea that regardless of somebody’s age, there is always space for individuality, self expression and fun.”

> Photographs by Ian Cann of MRC Photo