July 03, 2007

100 years young

On Sunday 1 July my grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday.
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It was a lovely day with lots of guests (cakes, cups of tea) including the Deemster (high ranking Manx judge, sent as a Deputy for the Lieutenant General who was unable to come).
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The Queen sent a card too!
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I bet you didn’t know the following:
  • there’s a whole department at Buckingham House dealing with Anniversaries
  • they send out cards for 100 year olds, but then the next “great age” the Queen sends a card for is 105!! (Hang in there for another 5 years, Grandma!) They’re then sent out on an annual basis. I guess there are too many people reaching 100 these days to send them every year from then on.

I remember my greatgrandmother’s 100th birthday too – I’ll see if I can dig out the photos for that. I would have been about 7 when we celebrated that – but I remember the occasion quite vividly, with the mayor of Liverpool in his chains and the telegram from the Queen (much less elaborate than the card and tassels) and the fancy blue dress I wore (or at least that was my memory of it!).

By the way – do have a look in the 100th Birthday gallery on the left – lots and lots of lovely photos!


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  1. If your Grandmother needs something to do, ask her to write her autobiography before she really does get old. It’s the next best thing to building a time machine and proves that the past really was another country. You might also find out that the person you think of as a dear old lady whose mouth wouldn’t melt butter was quite a character in her youth or did something quite amazing/heroic that she’s never told anyone about…

    05 Jul 2007, 11:44

  2. Alison Bell

    That’s a good idea – and although her short term memory is not very good these days, her memory of the past is very sharp (as is often the way).

    I’d love to record some interviews with her (writing an autobiography is not really a possibility these days)... trouble is, she lives so far away!

    05 Jul 2007, 12:39

  3. Sue

    She looks so lovely. That’s some good genes to have.

    16 Oct 2007, 23:36


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