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Red Arrows-themed party adds plenty of pomp to Edna Dobney's 100th birthday at Bowbridge Court, Newark

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A care home resident celebrated her 100th birthday with a Red Arrows-themed ceremony performed by staff.

Edna Dobney is very proud of her British heritage and often reminisces on the close-knit community formed throughout the war.

The thoughtful team at Bowbridge Court, Newark, set to work to create a Red Arrows-themed birthday party for her.

100-year-old Edna Dobney. (54411425)
100-year-old Edna Dobney. (54411425)

It included a traditional afternoon tea and the recreation of a famous RAF Red Arrows march, which the staff team performed in the garden as Edna and her fellow residents watched from the window, with a glass of fizz in hand.

Deliveries of flowers, gifts and cards, including a special note from the Queen, flooded in.

Edna said: “I was over the moon with all of my cards and presents. Everyone has been incredibly thoughtful.

“My card from the Queen is something that I will cherish forever. Not many people receive them, so I feel very privileged.”

Edna’s family also organised an evening meal Edna’s favourite venue, The Tawny Owl in Fernwood.

In preparation for the meal, the care team gave Edna a morning of pampering, curling her hair and painting her nails in the on-site beauty parlour.

Edna was born and raised in Spalding, where she lived with her parents and sister, Phyllis.

She left school early to work as a nanny, helping a young family to raise their twin sons until they reached infants’ school.

Edna met her husband, Cyril, after taking a job as a barmaid at a local pub and they were married at St Lawrence’s Church in Spalding in 1942.

Edna remembers snow falling like confetti as the newly-weds walked out of the church.

She said: “Our wedding day was magical, there was white snow like a blanket as far as they eye could see, it looked incredible and just added extra magic to our special day.”

During the second world war, Edna and Cyril welcomed their three children Frank, Janet and David. Edna now has seven grandchildren.

Following the celebrations, Edna said: “What a fantastic day I have had, from my traditional birthday party celebrating all things British, to a delicious meal with my loved ones. Thank you to everybody who made this day possible.”

Home manager Claire Gordon-Rundle, said: “It is incredibly important to us to make sure each resident feels special on their birthday and 100 is an extremely special milestone to make a fuss of.

“I am very pleased to see how much Enda has enjoyed her Red Arrows surprise performance. The team rehearsed it all week to get everything just right ahead of the big day.

“It is wonderful our team were able to capture some of her cherished British heritage to make her day even more memorable.”

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