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These charismatic retirees are giving Taylor Swift a run for her money

Residents at a New Zealand retirement village have spent a week recreating Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’ music video - with amazing results!
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With an average age of 82, these 50 residents at the Julia Wallace Retirement Village in Palmerston North have gifted the world with their shot-by-shot recreation of Tay Tay’s hit song. The Zimmer frames and lawn bowls adding a bit of creative flair.

retirement home residents recreate Taylor Swift's shake it off
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Inspired by a resident in Christchurch who performed a spectacular rendition of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ the cheeky grans and gramps were helped by the centre staff and family to put together the video for a bit of fun and exercise.

Marge Gregory is front and centre throughout, miming Taylor Swift’s lyrics. Speaking to ONE News, she says “It was a great team effort with everyone here and I’ve never laughed so much. It’s certainly not what I thought I’d ever be doing in a retirement village.”

Marge Gregory as Taylor Swift in retirement home rendition of Taylor Swift's Shake it Off
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Corporate Affairs Manager for Ryman Healthcare, David King, says the residents aren’t slowing down and have another project in the works – but we’ll have to wait to see these plucky pops and nans bust their next move!

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