A care home general manager has helped his former schoolteacher rediscover his love of the violin.

David Brown, aged 83, hadn't attempted to play the violin in many years due to his dementia.

The general manager of Foxholes Care Home in Hitchin - where David lives -Neil Gandecha is a former student of Mr Brown.

Neil credits his  ex-teacher as "an inspiring figure" for his own career development.

Having been inspired by the work of Dementia Friends, Neil began to use dementia therapy tools with David such as music, memories and photos.

The GM then organised for the head of music at Mr Brown's former employer, Kingshott School, to visit the home.

Alison Eales is a former colleague and close friend who used to play music with David when the two worked together at the school.

Following an emotive reunion, Neil wanted to test whether attempting to play music again would rekindle David's violin prowess.

As the music began, David picked up his violin and "effortlessly" performed 'When the Saints Go Marching In'.

Speaking of the performance, Neil Gandecha commented: "To see Mr Brown and Miss Eales reconnect over lunch and perform a rendition together, especially from a former pupil’s perspective, was a proud moment for me and my sister – who also works at Foxholes.

"To pay back our teachers a little with a moment of reminiscence and happiness was unforgettable.

"Mr Brown, who is now insistent that I call him David, played the violin as beautifully as I remember when I was just 10-years-old!

"It’s been so nice to see a familiar face and rekindle the great relationship we previously had.

"I know music brings a great deal of joy to David, which meant it was vital that I try to return the favour and make an important contribution to someone who had such a significant influence on my own life.

"Friendships, especially those formed in our school days, are sacred, and the same is true in care homes.

"It’s good to remind people that friendships can blossom and withstand the test of time at any age, any time, and anywhere!”