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Surrey care home residents reflect on moon landings - 50 years on

Surrey care home residents reflect on moon landings - 50 years on

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 8:00am 20th July 2019.

As the world prepares for the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, people living in a Surrey care home have been sharing their memories of the historic event.

On 20th July 1969, millions of people tuned in to watch Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, become the first people to walk on the moon; an event met with great anticipation - and disbelief - at the time. 

Yet, 50 years on, the momentous occasion is still met with awe by those who remember it, including those living at the Huntington and Langham Estate in Hindhead, Surrey, who have been sharing their experiences of witnessing it first-hand.

Barbara, aged 89, a former hairdresser from Rowledge, remembers thinking it was, quite literally, out of this world when she first saw the amazing images come through.

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She said: “I can’t believe it was nearly 50 years ago, the time has just flown. I thought it was amazing, it didn’t seem real at all. It was magnificent. I would like to have been a woman on the moon.”

Despite many people doubting the authenticity of the event, Molly, a former teacher and housewife from Cheshire, said she had it on good authority that it was all real, after talking to her husband, Keith. 

The 94-year-old said: “I was prepared for it, thinking it would happen soon. They kept saying it would. I knew it was real. Keith was a scientist and he explained a lot to me.”

For resident, Adrienne, the event had a much wider impact as the former teacher watched it with her pupils. The 73-year-old from Sale in Cheshire, was in her first year of teaching in 1969.

She said:

“I remember it very well, I was 23 - it was the year before I got married. We watched it all on TV with the children, I’m sure it made an impression on them. I was very excited. I really believed it was happening. I remember thinking it was marvellous, just wonderful.”

The Huntington and Langham Estate is a family-run care home which was set up 40 years ago. It now consists of two homes; Huntington House, which offers residential and nursing care, and Langham Court, which offers specialist dementia care.

Manager Louise Blezzard said:

“Memory is an incredibly powerful tool, especially for people living in a care environment. It’s been fascinating to listen to everyone share their memories of the moon landings. It was such an historic occasion, so it’s wonderful to hear about what it was like, at the time, from those who watched it all unfold.”

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