A CHESHIRE care home resident and former singer was given a great ‘surprise' when staff managed to organise a secret concert from his former choir mates.

The ‘delightful surprise’ was sprung on an unsuspecting John Sankey, who is a resident at the Prospect House Care Home in High Street, Malpas.

With careful coordination and weeks of secret planning, the team managed to arrange a special performance from the Bangor-on-Dee Community Choir, reuniting former bass singer John with his old choir mates.

John, who was with the choir since its formation in 2013, was an integral part of the musical community until his retirement six years later following a stroke.

His profound contributions as a respected bass singer helped to shape the choir, which today boasts more than 50 local members.


The surprise was initiated by Joe Ward, activities manager at Prospect House Care Home, who said the organisation was a complex undertaking but admitted it was all worth it.

He said: "It took quite a few weeks to arrange.

"We were in constant communication with the choir, planning dates, ensuring members would be available, and coordinating with John’s wife, who is still an active member of the choir.

“A day of joy, memories, and music, the reunion was a resounding success. It was a great day.

"A massive thank you to everyone involved and to the choir themselves for taking their own time to join us.”