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Palgrave resident says “thank you” on 100th birthday

Palgrave, Suffolk. Jean Wright who's 100 and still plays carpet bowls at the Palgrave Community Centre

Palgrave, Suffolk. Jean Wright who's 100 and still plays carpet bowls at the Palgrave Community Centre

A Palgrave resident of more than 36 years celebrated her 100th birthday with family on Saturday.

Great-grandmother Jean Wright spent the day with family in Kent, before further celebrations with her fellow carpet bowlers in Palgrave on Monday.

“I want to say thank you for all of my cards. I can’t see very well and I just can’t answer them all,” she said. “Thank you very much to everybody for all of the cards.

“I had a lovely birthday with my family, there were 16 of us,” she added.

Mrs Wright, who has been a member of the Palgrave Community Centre Carpet Bowls Club for more than 10 years,, and played outdoor bowls before taking up the indoor version of the sport joked:“I play every Monday but badly.

“But I enjoy it.”

Born in South Africa and raised by an aunt and uncle after her mother died at her birth, she moved across to the east of the continent before heading to England.

Mrs Wright, who also received a birthday card from the Queen, worked in a dental surgery, in midwifery, and as a receptionist in a doctor’s surgery.

She also worked in charity shops for many years, only giving up about a year ago.

Fellow bowls player and friend Jean Potter described Mrs Wright as “an inspriation.”

“She means a lot to us,” she said. “ She is a fantastic lady and always cheerful.”

 

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