A delighted 96-year-old Slough man had the opportunity to watch his daughter, chart-topping star Lyn Paul, perform on stage after five long years.

Dennis Belcher, who lives at Care UK's Oak House care home on Wexham Road, used to globe-trot extensively to cheer on his daughter, Lyn, a former member of the British pop group, The New Seekers.

Health complications, however, hampered his ability to see her perform over recent years.

Lyn Paul, apart from her initial fame with The New Seekers, also boasts of a successful career in the entertainment industry inclusive of pivotal roles in soaps and chart-topping hits.

She remains well-known for her part as Mrs Johnstone in the popular West End show, 'Blood Brothers'. Recently, Lyn has been touring the UK as part of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's 'Calendar Girls The Musical'.

Dennis's dream to see his daughter perform on stage once more was brought to fruition by the Oak House team, who coordinated with Lyn to arrange a surprise visit for him and his friends at the Theatre Royal in Windsor.

The group got the chance to see Lyn perform and meet the cast post-performance.

Commenting on the surprise, Dennis remarked: "I’ve been watching my daughter perform on stage since she was a small child and am very proud of her and what she has achieved.

"I enjoyed watching her solo in the show, and telling my friends at Oak House that it was my daughter onstage – it felt good to have them there."

From the time he was welcomed at Oak House in August 2023, Dennis recurrently expressed his pride in Lyn and his keen desire to witness her performances again.

Agnieszka Klimkowicz-Buda, Home Manager at Oak House, noted: "Dennis used to chaperone her during her teenage years and has spent his life travelling the country, and the world, to see her perform to audiences across the globe.

"When we learnt that Lyn was coming to Windsor, we knew it was the perfect opportunity!"

Klimkowicz-Buda added: "Dennis loved taking his friends and team members from Oak House along, sharing his memories and telling everyone all about Lyn’s wonderful career.

"He was brimming with pride, and he’s had a huge smile on his face ever since."

The special visit was part of the home’s Wishing Tree Initiative, a programme encouraging residents to express their desires to either reconnect with old hobbies or try something novel, affirming that no wish is deemed too big or small.