IT’S been 85 years in the waiting for Eileen Fry, who finally got to celebrate her birthday with a party.
The 85-year-old spent her big day with friends playing traditional party games and having a good time.
She’d had the long wait as her parents did not have enough money to throw a party when she was younger and she learned not to make a fuss of her birthday.
Eileen, who has lived in Portsmouth her whole life and currently lives in a retirement complex in Festing Road, Southsea, said: ‘I had such a fantastic day. When we were planning the party I knew it would be fun but it surpassed my expectations.
‘Everyone had a great time and we were all laughing while listening to the music and eating the cake.
‘I hardly slept the night before because I was so nervous and wanted things to go right. Then the night of the party I hardly slept because it had been so much fun and I was still excited from it.’
She never begrudged her parents for not giving her celebrations when she was a girl.
‘I didn’t care when I was younger that I never got a party because I understood that we couldn’t afford it,’ she said. ‘I didn’t feel left out or anything but it has certainly been nice to have my own birthday party.’
The conservatory was decorated with balloons and banners which were given free of charge by The One Stop Party Shop, in North Street Arcade, Havant.
Eileen picked the colours and she also helped choose the food which was provided by staff at the retirement housing.
Her cake was white chocolate with yellow roses.
However, the other residents of the house, along with staff, had planned a surprise for her.
She said: ‘They told me that they had a special guest who was coming to visit.
‘I didn’t have a clue who it was but I was so excited and astounded when I found out it was the Lord Mayor Lynne Stagg.
‘She is such a lovely person and she looked beautiful.
‘She came and sat with us, had a chat and enjoyed the music.
‘It really did round off a lovely day and I think I’ll enjoy my next birthday party when I’m 100.’