The sounds of classic 1940s music echoes through the halls of Harrow care home David's House, and for the residents it is like being transported back to their youth.

For the past week the residential home for the elderly in Pool Road has had a special exhibition in its foyer entitled the Good Old Days.

For the residents, the event has brought back memories spanning the 1920s to 1950s - some good recollections and others they would rather forget.

For Millie Parson, a resident at the home, the Second World War brings back fond memories of a time when everyone pulled together.

She said: "We had been building up to the war for so long we were glad when it started.

"It was hanging over us for so long." The 91-year-old was only 22 when the war started and was running a bedand-breakfast in Somerset. Her daughter brought in a host of her old clothes to display.

Millie's life in the 1930s and 1940s involved rations, air raids and also her wedding.

She said: "We had an Anderson shelter but we didn't take any notice of it after a while as there were so many raids.

"During rationing, children did not even know what bananas looked like.

"People used to queue outside the sweet shop when sweets came in and they'd have to shut the shop when they sold out.

"My husband didn't go to war as he was an engine driver. We got married in 1943 and we had to save sugar for the wedding cake."

Residents' relatives brought in items from the war years to create the display, which featured a traditional radio, telephone, atlas and a vintage wedding dress from the 1930s. There was also memorabilia staff members found in charity shops, including a bed warmer and posters from the era to create a more authentic show.

The special exhibition included a party last Monday that featured singers visiting the home to perform for the 45 residents and their families, who danced to hits from the 1930s. There was also some wartime cuisine, including pork pies, bread pudding and Spam.

Albert Todd, a resident at the home, was a Bevin Boy during the war, and was one of the men who were random-ly picked out of the army conscription list to work in the coalmines.

The 85-year-old said: "I was down under during the war, in the coal mines - when I say that to people they think I went to Australia.

"I lived just outside of Newcastle and I didn't have any choice in the matter. I really wanted to join the navy."

Albert's brother went to war and came back a changed man, but for Albert the end of the war meant a move to London, where he began doing building work, but he still remembers life was different during that time.

He said: "We used to get one rasher of bacon a week.

"I would never go back to the coal mines."

Manager Sherin Hart revealed the inspiration behind the display was to try and give the elderly residents a chance to celebrate their past.

She said: "We discussed with them what they wanted and they came up with this idea for a display, but as Remembrance Day was coming up in November we did not want it to be too sober.

"The party was great and everyone was dancing and waltzing.

"Residents have been talking about it all week because it has brought memories back."

In the future the home will run a series of exhibitions for residents including Irish, Asian and African themed events. The most successful exhibits will be awarded a prize.

But for the people in David's House the lessons of the war and the attitudes of the community during that period show how the human spirit can prevail in desperate times.