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Care home residents recreate classic album covers and go viral while in lockdown

Residents at a UK aged care home have been recreating classic album covers as a way to keep themselves entertained during lockdowns.

Albums by David Bowie, Adele, the Clash among others have been creatively reimagined by the residents and staff at Sydmar Lodge Care Home in Edgware in North London which has been closed to visitors since March 12.

Activities co-ordinator Robert Speker came up with the idea and shared the images on Twitter which have now gone viral, making stars of their residents.

“I made the suggestions of which albums and which resident best suited the look, or had a vague similarity to the artist. Then I proposed the idea to each resident. Gladly all of them were enthused and perhaps a bit bemused by the idea, but happy to participate,” Speker said on Twitter.

One of the more striking covers of the covers features 93-year-old Sheila, who recreated Rag’n’Bone Man’s album Human.

Sheila is a fan of the British soul singer and met him last year with the help of Sydmar staff, grabbing herself a signed copy of his album as well, which can be seen in her side by side photos.

Speker shared the images and linked to a GoFundMe page in the hope of raising money for future activities.

“As this situation is ongoing it could be months before the situation changes for them and the need to keep them happy entertained and full of spirit has never been more crucial,” he wrote on the page.

“The photography project – recreating Classic Album covers, with the Residents and Carers has raised awareness globally.

“Elderly people will remain in lockdown for a long time, and I want to make their time as happy and full of enjoyment and interest as possible.”

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