Celebrating a century: Bournemouth’s centenarians invited to special tea party (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Celebrating a century: Bournemouth’s centenarians invited to special tea party
THE mayor of Bournemouth has raised a cup of good cheer to a collection of the town’s centenarians.
Cllr Rod Cooper invited anyone aged 100 or more to join him for a traditional English tea party in the Mayor’s Parlour yesterday.
He said: “The purpose of this event was to celebrate our senior citizens with a birthday party.
“We owe it to them as they’ve been through a lot – two world wars and many more hardships, so to see them laughing together makes me happy”.
The seven visitors were delighted about being invited into the Town Hall, Lillian Judd, who turned 100 just a few days ago, said: “Today has been lovely. I’m thrilled to have even been thought about – I love being spoilt!”
One of the oldest guests invited, Marjorie Walker, aged 103 said “We’ve been looked after brilliantly - I wish they did a B&B here, it would be great!”
In the most recent census, it was revealed that 84 out of 183,491 of Bournemouth residents were centenarians.
The event also provided an opportunity to create new friendships.
Audrey Gear, 100, said: “It’s rather nice for us to all be together – you don’t feel so alone. I’m very surprised; there are ladies here who are 103!”
The mayor hopes to turn this into an annual occasion, “Although I won’t be mayor, I hope that Bournemouth continues to do something like this,” he said.
“Living to 100 is a big achievement, and needs to be celebrated.”
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