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Rutherglen Care Home Residents Celebrate St. Andrew’s Day with Music, Dancing, and Whisky Festival

4 December 2023

Residents at Rutherglen Care Home embraced the spirit of St. Andrew’s Day with a day filled with joy, music, and a touch of Scottish tradition. The celebrations kicked off with a creative burst as residents crafted vibrant bunting to adorn a concert held at Dryburgh House on November 29th.

Entertainer Sharon Stevens took center stage, leading residents, families, and staff in a lively singing and dancing session, with ‘the slosh’ emerging as the favorite dance of the day. Ninety-six-year-old resident Anna Crabb expressed her delight, describing the afternoon as “lovely.”

As the festivities continued, residents were treated to a unique mini whisky festival hosted by the care home’s activity staff in the clubhouse on November 30th. Three different whiskies were sampled, with participants guessing notes and flavors, selecting their favorites, and enjoying a ‘wee hauf.’ The crowd favored ‘Ballantine’s aged 15 years,’ closely followed by ‘The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve’ and ‘Chivas Regal Gold Signature aged 18 years.’

Tasty snacks courtesy of the kitchen enhanced the experience as participants engaged in a Scottish quiz, answered questions, and listened to traditional Scottish music. The afternoon concluded with a spirited Scottish sing-along, where everyone, young and old, joined in the chorus.


Drew Thomson, a 92-year-old resident, exclaimed, “This is the best day out I’ve had in a long time, and it’s my day being an Andrew.” Activity coordinator Maureen Thomson shared her joy, stating, “It’s great to see everyone enjoying themselves and having fun, a very uplifting afternoon.”