Gran's 'final wish' granted as she celebrates 80th birthday with Magic Mike show
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A gran was granted an incredible ‘final wish’ as she celebrated her 80th birthday with a Magic Mike show. Absolute legend.
Katie Ingram, 44, decided to give her mum Barbara a wild 80th birthday, and teamed up with Ranch Hands Cowboylesque to bring a raunchy cowboy show to her home.
Barbara sadly passed away in March 2022, but Katie was happy her last big day was one for them all to remember.
Katie from Miami, Florida, said: "My mum was full of spirit and up for a good time.
"She was a pianist and was really special, I was so glad to have her in my life.
"I set the whole thing up because I knew it would be her last birthday.
"She was singing along to all the words, she knew all the songs."
The loving daughter enlisted the help of Lexy Burke, 28, director and creator of Ranch Hands Cowboylesque – dubbed the ‘country and western Magic Mike’ - who sent her posse of hunky cowboys to perform at Barbara’s home.
Lexy said the residents’ faces lit up when they sat the dancers, adding: "Our show is just for fun, life is crazy for everyone and it's bringing everyone joy in a comical way."
When Katie and her family moved out of Florida, they brought Barbara and her sister Molly, 44 – who has down's syndrome – with them.
She said they loved living in living in The Arbors at Willow Springs, an assisted living centre for people that also provides Alzheimer's, memory and dementia care.
Barabara, who developed dementia in 2017 at the age of 75, was ‘so happy there’, according to Katie.
“She thrived there,” she said.
"My sister Molly was her roomate they had been together for 43 years and she calmed my mother's anxiety."
Lexy, who started Ranch Hands Cowboylesque in September 2021, said the show included a line dancing number and a seductive routine to ‘She’s in Love with the Boy’ by Trisha Yearwood.
The men also brought each of the lucky ladies a rose and a card.
Lexy added: "All the ladies were very chatty - they all wanted to talk to the guys in between.
"They were hilarious. A lot of them were talking about how they used to dance.
"One woman went into detail about how handsome her husband was and how one of the guys looked like her husband."
The full group is normally made up of 10 blokes, but only four - George Blick, Alexander O'Neill, Frederico Tonet and Max Berry – were the chosen ones to give the OAPs a performance.
Katie said Molly, who still lives at the facility, wants them to return for her birthday in June.
“She's already texted me,” she said.
"The women were so excited.
"I'm just grateful, it's surreal and now so many people have joined in and celebrated her last birthday with us."