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Gwen shows plenty of spirit as she hits 100!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Gwen shows plenty of spirit as she hits 100! thumbnailGwen Parkhill from Coleraine celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday in the company of family and friends in Coleraine’s Lodge Hotel. The Ratheane Nursing Home resident proudly shows off her birthday card from Her Majesty The Queen.

FIVE generations of the one family came together in Coleraine on Saturday night to mark Gwen Parkhill turning 100.
She officially became a centenarian on Monday and joining her at the Lodge Hotel were her daughter Grace Graham (71), granddaughter Cheryl Culbertson (47), great-granddaughter Paige Walker (23) and great great grandson Kai Linton (2).
It was an amazing display of close family bonds spanning the decades.
One hundred and fifty guests came from as far away as America to mark Gwen's milestone birthday and she herself celebrated the occasion with her favourite tipple - Bushmills Whiskey.
Granddaughter Cheryl, from Ballymoney, explained the secret of her gran's long life.
“She is just a very spirited person and just loves being interested in everybody and everything around her, I think that is what keeps her going," she said.
“She also has a wee tipple, Black Bush Whiskey.
“It was a brilliant night. Granny broke her hip about three years ago. She can walk slightly but she wasn't up dancing or anything.
“She is a very well known lady. She spent a lot of years in Union Street, Coleraine. She worked as a nurse in her younger years and then took in lodgers. A lot of them were there."
As were a number of members of staff from Ratheane Care Home in Coleraine where Gwen now lives.
“She would be a very spiritual woman, she spent a lot of time with the church," continued Cheryl.

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