Edensor Care Centre resident Sue Bartholomey has celebrated her 100th birthday with a party attended by friends and family.
Staff at Diagrama Foundation’s Essex care home arranged for local singer Tessa Collitt to surprise Sue with a performance of her favourite old time songs in the main lounge. Edensor’s chef also baked an impressive cake for residents and guests to enjoy.
Dancing has been a lifelong passion for Sue, who turned 100 on March 29. As a young woman the mother-of -two and grandmother-of-three loved nothing more than to while away her evenings on the dance floor and once even ended up in the arms of big band legend Joe Loss. And, according to daughter Jean, Sue kept up her hobby throughout her long life – line dancing into her 90s.
Alison Brown, Edensor’s residential manager said: “We all know how much Sue loves her music and has enjoyed dancing throughout her life. Sue didn’t want us to make a fuss, but we wanted to make sure the day was really special for her and we knew she’d enjoy a trip down memory lane with some of her favourite tunes from her youth, as did many of the other residents too.”