Cordia service users mark First World War centenary

Home care service users who lived during the First World War were treated to a commemoration tea party as part of Cordia’s centenary events to mark the start of the war in 1914.
The Tea Room at the Botanic Gardens played host the event and saw service users and a guest enjoy an afternoon tea in the tranquil surroundings of the gardens. The tea party included entertainment from Scottish singer Lindsay Harrison and a souvenir of First World War postcards and stamps.

The guests included eight invited service users, the oldest of whom was Margaret Millar aged 104. Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty was also in attendance alongside Cordia’s finance director Andy Clark and head of care services Frances McMeeking.

The Lord Provost said: “It was a great honour to be invited to attend today’s commemorative lunch.

“The gathering of this special group of people allowed for a unique opportunity to reflect on the Great War and the bravery of the men and women from our city whose sacrifices allow us the freedoms we enjoy today.

“There are many events taking place over the next four years to mark this important part of our history and to commemorate the First World War.

“I am delighted our most treasured and respected citizens were able to play their part in this commemoration event today. They were either babies or toddlers during the war and are our living link to the past and must be respected for that.”

Frances, who planned the commemorative lunch, she said: “It was a real honour to arrange the event and to meet this extraordinary group of Cordia home care clients.
“The fact all eight of our invited guests still live at home speaks volumes for the independence and resolve which is so often characterised by their generation. They are incredibly popular with the home care staff members who visit them and are a credit to us all.

“I hope they all enjoyed both the lunch and meeting the Lord Provost today.”

This was the latest event as part of Cordia’s four-year plan to commemorate the First World War centenary. Last month saw school crossing patrollers don poppy armbands in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.