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Children from Bispham Endowed Primary School visit residents at Glen Tanar Care Home.  Robert Brooks shares a joke with seven-year-old Blake Shilton.

Children from Bispham Endowed Primary School visit residents at Glen Tanar Care Home. Robert Brooks shares a joke with seven-year-old Blake Shilton.

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Youngsters got to sit down and learn about lives well lived at a Fylde coast care home.

Pupils from Bispham Endowed Primary School met with residents at the Glentanar Care Home as part of a project to learn more about and to help the community.

Dilip Parmar from the home, in Cavendish Road, said: “It brought back memories for the residents and they knew they could teach the children about what they have been through.

“It went very well and they enjoyed it.”

Staff at the home put on a spread of food for the children as they spoke to people from a range of backgrounds, including an ex-military commander in Canada, someone who once toured the world and completed the famous Route 66 in America, a former Fleetwood fisherman and Army veteran, and an ex-nurse.

Mr Parmar said he now hopes to take some of the residents on a return trip to the school, in Bispham Road, after the two generations formed a special bond.

Assistant headteacher Julie Bell said the pupils all sit on the school council and range from Year One to Year Six.

“They decided their project this term would to get out to the community and help people, and gain something for themselves as well,” she said.

“We decided to go and learn about the residents, which is exactly what happened.”

The children were paired with residents who shared the same interests as them, she added, though everybody mingled together as well.

She added: “We plan to go back in because one of the residents asked if we could sing for them, and we had not planned that!

“We sang a couple of songs but we will go back after practicing what they want us to sing.

“Then we will invite them here near the end of the school year for afternoon tea.”