Alton Webteam: July 2016
Mary Thomas had a splendid 100th Birthday party on Saturday 9th July.
Graham, her nephew relates how the Borovere team had decorated the Home — especially Mary's room and the lounge where a glass of sherry was raised to celebrate her magnificent 100th. Her brother Jim (aged 97) was delighted to see her on the day, having come down from Reading. They were most generously served with tea/coffee, delicious sandwiches and strawberry and cream scones by the Borovere staff — which was very much appreciated.
Mary received over 20 cards from friends and relatives — all wishing her well — which were opened and read to her, including one from Her Majesty the Queen — signed ElizabethR . Mary also had a telegram from the Minister for the Dept. of Works and Pensions — wishing her well (and probably quietly thinking that she's received more money out of the system — than she put in — considering she retired at 60!).
Mary had a special Birthday cake from the local Bottega dei Sapori Italian Patisserie — pear and chocolate — with a mousse filling. It was 30cm diameter — so plenty to go round and absolutely delicious. They put 10 candles on it and asked Mary if she would like to blow them out — to which she said yes — but due to the size and stickiness of the cake, Margaret did the honours. They all sang her Happy Birthday and cut the cake — of which Mary had two small slices — having asked for more. The Borovere staff told them that she really likes her food — especially sweet things!
They were joined by Marion and John Cresswell, representing Alton Methodist Church, bringing a card signed by over 30 folk as well as a beautiful potted plant.
The Royal Hampshire County Hospital Nurses' League, most kindly sent Mary a beautiful bouquet of flowers, accompanied by a card and a box of milk chocolate truffles and wished to be kept informed about Mary so they could relay any news to those who knew her as a midwife, through the Nurses' League newsletters.
The gathered family had a great time and Mary looked relaxed and cheerful on her special day. It is delightful to see her and her brother Jim together, holding hands with broad smiles on their faces — possibly thinking of those days — so long ago — on the farms where they grew up together.
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