Palmerston North oldies who posed nude for calendar deliver epic Taylor Swift 'Shake it Off' parody

Elderly residents at a retirement village in Palmerston North are proving to the world you are never too old to 'shake it off'.

A group of 50 residents with an average age of 82, along with staff and grandchildren all from Julia Wallace Retirement Village, have busted out a lively rendition of pop music star Taylor Swift's hit 'Shake it Off' for nothing more than a bit of fun and exercise.

Corporate Affairs Manager for Ryman Healthcare, David King, said the group had been eager to film an 80-odd years music video parody after the success a Ryman village in Christchurch had in 2014 covering Pharell Williams song 'Happy'.

"A lot of the residents in the video did a nude calender last year for charity so we knew we weren't dealing with a shy lot," Mr King said.

Alister Leckie stars as Pharrell in the 2014 music video recreation of 'Happy'.
Alister Leckie stars as Pharrell in the 2014 music video recreation of 'Happy'. Source: 80odd yearsofhappy / YouTube

"They asked to do it so staff got involved as a labour of love."

The frame-by-frame replica took a week to create, with three crew members editing the video together after filming.

ONE News was told "no cats or asparagus rolls were harmed" during production.

Margaret Gregory, who stars as Taylor Swift in the parody, says life became a little bit 'hum-drum' after recording ended.

"It was just gorgeous fun – we've never done anything like it," Ms Gregory said.

"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."

Mr King confirmed there was another project in the works, but fans of the zimmer frame twerks and mobility scooter parades will have to wait and see.

Julia Wallace Retirement Village's residents are showing you how to Shake It Off. Source: Supplied