Written by Ed Donald
In the midst of a nationwide lockdown, one resident of Northwood Hills celebrated a landmark birthday earlier this month when she hit the ripe old age of 100.
Although Cynthia’s family and friends were unable to put on a big celebration due to social distancing measures, residents in her street gathered, standing outside their houses, to clap, cheer and sing Happy Birthday to their neighbour and friend on her special day.
Her niece and nephew, Pauline and Gary, had decorated the front of the house with banners, photos and a collection of candles in the shape of the number ‘100’ to also mark the occasion.
Cynthia and her husband Wally, who is 94 this year, have lived in their bungalow in Northwood Hills since 1964.
The couple, whom their niece says have “never spent a day apart”, will also be celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary this year, looking back on 60 years together. They are both friends to many in the local area, being known by their neighbours as keen members of the local bowls club.
News of the celebration was spread to neighbours by a local group of volunteers who have come together during the lockdown to provide support, such as food and medication deliveries, to those who are vulnerable or self-isolating.
Ed Donald said the day was very memorable.
He commented: “The word obviously spread fast, as almost every household was standing at the end of their driveway to wish Cynthia a very Happy 100th Birthday. Many neighbours also remarked that it was nice to see each other and talk, albeit from a distance. And the sounds of happy birthday echoing through the neighbourhood was partnered with some beautiful April sunshine.”