A Welsh choir and a soloist serenaded our wonderful resident Phyllis, ensuring she had the special 104th birthday celebration she deserved despite the lockdown that we still find ourselves in.
Phyllis hails from Swansea so was delighted to be entertained by the Morriston Orpheus Choir, a male voice choir, and 15 year old singer, Ellie Rose, who sang Happy Birthday in Welsh. Phyllis also enjoyed a special afternoon tea party with her family and friends via FaceTime.
Phyllis was born on 28th January 1917 in Swansea and went to boarding school in Cardiff, before training in London as a teacher. During the Second World War, she was just the right age to contribute to the war effort and drove a canteen van through Swansea. Phyllis married Richard in 1948 with whom she had two children, Christine and John, and also has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Phyllis said: “I have been very, very happy and lucky throughout my life. I had a very happy marriage to a good husband, have good children and a good home life.” She continued: “My secret to a long life is to be happy and smile.”
As well as her celebratory afternoon tea, Phyllis was able to spend time with her fellow residents, enjoying Welsh tea cakes and a special birthday cake made by our head chef before home manager Sharon presented her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers on behalf of everyone here at Wiltshire Heights.