Care home residents name bar after Barbara Windsor
- Bang Showbiz
- 21 January 2021
Residents of a care home in Taunton, south west England, have named their new pub bar The Windsor Arms after the late Dame Barbara Windsor
Residents of a care home have named their new pub bar after the late Dame Barbara Windsor.
The 'EastEnders' icon died in December aged 83 following a six-year battle with Alzheimer's, and residents at Camelot House and Lodge in Taunton, south west England – which provides specialist care for people living with dementia, a condition which affected the acting legend – have named their new watering hole The Windsor Arms in her memory.
Richard Dempslake, activities coordinator for Camelot House and Lodge, said: "Our residents loved Barbara as the bubbly star of 'Carry On' films and the outspoken 'EastEnders' lady at The Queen Vic, and were really enthusiastic about memorialising her in this way."
The bar was initially going to be called The Welcome Inn, but residents voted to recognise Barbara after she passed away.
Local businesses have donated cider to the bar, and a nearby pub, Blackbird Inn, also gave some of the alcohol as well as glasses, table runners, and beer mats.
Following Barbara's diagnosis, she and her husband Scott Mitchell raised £4 million for Dementia Revolution – a year-long campaign set up by the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK to power ground-breaking research at the UK Dementia Research Institute.
In his eulogy at Barbara's funeral, her 'EastEnders' co-star Ross Kemp (Grant Mitchell) said: "Now, a few men may have loved her too, but there was only one true love of her life. And that was always Scott. Twenty-seven years they were together, and married for 20 of them.
"When they first got together, people said they wouldn’t last; how wrong they were. They spent so many fabulous years, working together, working for each other, and truly loving each other.
"When the diagnosis came they both knew there would be no happy ending.
"They kept it to themselves and many relationships at this point would have failed but they decided to face it together.
"In 2018, they turned a negative into a positive. They went to No10 to demand money for dementia research and social care. Barbara and Scott’s Dementia Revolution raised £4 million."