A Norwich care home has enlisted youngsters nationwide to prevent time-honoured family recipes from being forgotten.

Cavell Court in Cringleford, operated by Care UK, is one of many locations focusing on saving traditional recipes.

This interest in culinary heritage preservation comes after a Care UK survey that revealed 65pc of the UK population does not utilise family recipes passed down through generations.

In response to the 43pc of respondents expressing a desire to preserve these recipes, the company has published a free digital recipe book.

Norwich Evening News: Resident Betty Bowen, aged 97, was joined by Arya and Thomas to bake a victoria sponge cake Resident Betty Bowen, aged 97, was joined by Arya and Thomas to bake a victoria sponge cake (Image: Submitted)

Recipes to Remember includes dishes enjoyed from the Second World War to the 1970s.

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This includes dishes savoured by residents and nutritional recipes by Care UK's award-winning chefs.

One Cavell Court resident, Betty Bowen, 97, baked a classic Victoria sponge cake with her great-grandchildren Arya and Thomas.

Mrs Bowen said: "It was so lovely to do something nice with the children, we all had lots of fun."

The home manager at Cavell Court, Karen Curle, said: “Spring is in the air – and so too are the smells of some incredibly tasty home-cooked recipes adored by residents and their families for generations.

“Just like a photograph, a family recipe can be a way to revisit the past and reminisce on a cherished memory or loved ones.

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"How something tastes or smells can be a powerful tool for triggering memories and positive feelings, especially for those living with dementia, which is why we’re delighted to be taking part in Care UK’s Recipes to Remember campaign.

“From jam roly-poly to devilled eggs, it’s been wonderful seeing Betty revisit some of her favourite foods from across the decades with her grandchildren."

The recipe book can be accessed online on Care UK's website.