Well, despite the threat posed by the heavy snowfall the night before, the party to celebrate Betty Hammond’s 100th birthday went ahead as planned, much to everyone’s relief.
Particular thanks must go to the local farmer who turned up to clear the drifts from the roadway and car-park at the Draycott Sports Club… That simple act made it possible for hundreds of friends and relatives to attend.
When Betty was born, in 1913, King George V was on the throne and Queen Elizabeth had not even been born.
But being 100 means that she received a personal message from our monarch!
As well as the card from The Queen, which had arrived two days previously, there were greetings from Prime Minister David Cameron, from the cast of Coronation Street, from the Radio 2 personality Paul O’Grady, the Cadbury’s Chocolate firm (Betty just loves their Triangles!) – and even the Mayor Of London Boris Johnson.
Quite a star-studded list!
But the main tribute of the afternoon came from her eldest son Graham, who made a speech celebrating her life and reminding us of her happiest moments. He wasn’t able to get anything wrong – as Betty made sure to speak up and correct him if he did…!
Particular thanks must go to Betty’s daughter Sue, who was the photographer of the day – let’s hope Sue puts all the photos up on a website soon -, and to the friends who laid on the magnificent array of food. Among the foodsters who organised all those savouries and cakes were Pauline, Debbie, Barbara, Lynn, Julie, Hazel and Charlotte.
And all the organisers and helpers – you know who you are…
Although Betty has not been well in the last two years, she was determined to make the party; and is intending to be here for her 101st, which will take place on March 23rd 2014.
See you then…
Related Link: Betty Hamond’s Life & Story