DELIGHTED Phylis Wake sat on her throne to receive congratulations and gifts from family and friends.
She marked her 105th birthday with a Jubilee-themed party to coincide with Her Majesty’s own milestone celebrations.
People gathered around three long tables at Sycamore Care Home, and enjoyed food on the Nookside centre’s finest china.
Resplendent in a tiara, Phylis had a ball as the weather was much kinder to her than it had been on the Queen’s special day.
Peter Lovegrove, activity co-ordinator at the centre, paid tribute to Phylis.
He said: “She’s great. She’s so spritely and goes to cooking classes every Monday night at Pennywell Neighbourhood Centre.”
He added: “The day was absolutely fantastic. We had tea and cream scones, all our fine china was out and all Phylis’s family were there.
“Phylis even had a little tiara on so she could be like the Queen. She was absolutely over the moon.
“We couldn’t have wished for a better day.”
There was a bagpipe player and singers for entertainment, and Deputy Mayor and Maoyress of Sunderland Bob and Juliana Heron popped along to present a bouquet to Phylis.
“Mrs Wake is a remarkable woman,” he said. “It was a great pleasure for myself and the Deputy Mayoress that we were able to present her with flowers and join in with her birthday celebrations.”
Such events are about more than just an excuse to party, said Peter Lovegrove, who believes they lift the spirits of all residents.
“It’s massively important to do things like this,” he said.
“It shows the residents that we care about them and it’s great for morale in the place.
“It shows them that just because they’re in a care home, doesn’t mean they’ve been forgotten about.
“It’s important to remember this is their home. We just work here and take care of them.”