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Spaghetti western fan celebrates 100th birthday with Wild West party in Burton

 Staffordshire Live

March 12, 2021


She had her face put on Wanted posters, wore a Stetson hat and and walked through saloon doors

A Burton great grandma has said 'howdy' to being a centenarian as she was the guest of honour at a cowboy-themed birthday party to mark her 100th birthday.

Dorothy Collier, who is a fan of spaghetti western films, even had her picture put on Wild West-style 'wanted' posters asking for a $2,000 reward for her capture. There were also helium balloons shaped like cowboy boots for the big day.

Staff at Abacus care home, in Rolleston Road, Burton, even made some western themed backdrops and saloon doors for Dorothy to enter through to kick off her birthday celebrations in style.

Burton born Mrs Collier has lived at Abacus for two years and is well known for her love of cowboy films.

For her party, there were also some hay bales scattered about, checkered table cloths, wild west bunting, and most of the residents wore miniature Stetson hats for the big bash.

Staff also joined in with the fun by dressing up as cowgirls.

Due to current covid-19 visiting restrictions at the time Mrs Collier was visited in the morning by her sons but they had to speak with her through a window. They played her a video that the rest of her family had made for the occasion.

The centenarian, whose birthday was February 3, received beautiful flowers and gifts from the home, friends and family as well as the all-important birthday card from The Queen.

She said her secret to a long life was always 'chatting'.

She had a great day, staff reported, and the wanted posters have been put up in her room at her request. She still has a great sense of humour and laughs when she sees them, staff say.

She was born in Burton and was married to Frank up until his death 20-plus years ago. She has three sons and is a grandma and great-grandma.

Living to a good age runs in her family as Dorothy had two sisters who lived into their 90s

She is already looking forward to her nwxt birthday to see what the theme will be, and hopes that her family will be able to share in the celebrations within the home, said a spokesman for the home.

Home manager Nicola Hubbard and all of the Abacus staff are working to keep the spirits of the residents up during these difficult times.

During covid restrictions which mean that friends and family, as well as outside entertainers were not allowed to visit as they once were, staff were going the extra mile to entertain the residents, including putting on their own pantomime, Cinderella at Christmas. Care Home restrictions have now been eased.

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