Swansea Valley care home celebrates residents' 100th birthday (From South Wales Guardian)

December 12, 2016 13:05
A SWANSEA Valley care home has celebrated the 100th birthday of one of its residents with a party for friends and family to mark her milestone.

Dinah Thomas was born in Brynaman in 1916 and turned 100 on the October 19.

She celebrated her landmark birthday at Cwrt Enfys Home, part of the SilverCrest Group, in Ystradgynlais with a special party and telegram from the Queen.

Mrs Thomas, who has been a resident at Cwrt Enfys since July, spent the day celebrating with her brother Gwyndaff and his wife Megan, visitors from Carmel Church in Pontlliw, Phyllis - Dinah’s best friend of 62 years, and fellow residents.

At the age of 25, Dinah married her husband Don, a bank manager from Gower, in 1941 and the pair travelled a lot with his job.

They have lived in Pembrokeshire, Cardiff, Bristol and London before returning to live in Penllergaer.

Described by her friends as the go-to-girl for party planning and style advice, Dinah loved to arrange parties and organise weddings for people she knew.

Dinah was also a member of the WI along with her good friend Phyllis and after both of their husbands passed away, Dinah and Phyllis began to travel together, going on cruises and travelling Europe by car.

Gwyndaff Lewis, Dinah’s brother, said: “It’s fantastic to see my sister reach this milestone birthday.

"Dinah has always been well liked and gets on with everyone she meets and she has really settled down nicely in Cwrt Enfys.

“I always say the secret to old age is down to genetics, the life you lead and a little bit of luck. Our mother lived until she was 96 and most of our family have lived well into their 90’s, like me, so it definitely runs in the family.”

Claire England, Activities Co-ordinator at Cwrt Enfys, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Dinah’s birthday with her family and friends.

"Everyone enjoyed and it was great to see Dinah reminisce about her 62-year-long friendship with good friend Phyllis , a testament to true friendship that stands the test of time.”

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