Saskatoon

1940s-themed proms held for seniors who missed out due to war

Some seventy years ago, as the world was caught up in war, many graduates missed out on one of the seminal ceremonies from school days: a prom. Now, a senior's home is setting things right.
Julia Norheim and Robert Calhoun are crowned Prom King and Queen at Preston Park II Retirement Residence in Saskatoon. (Kathy Fitzpatrick/CBC )

Some seventy years ago, as the world was caught up in war, many graduates missed out on one of the seminal ceremonies from school days: a prom.

A Saskatoon senior's home organized an event Tuesday night to set things right.

A high school prom, complete with music was held at the Preston Park Retirement Residences.

"I joined the British Air Force when I was 16," Terry England explained. "[We were] supposed to be 18, but I lied about my age. So, didn't get a prom."

Prom nights, including supper menus reminiscent of the day, are being organized for all 19 residences chain of residents run by All Seniors Care.

The Saskatoon proms were Tuesday night.

A prom is set for the College Park Retirement Residence in Regina later this week.

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