A professional ballroom dancer swept a 102-year-old nursing home resident off her feet in celebration of her birthday, making her ‘dream come true.’
Dave Turner surprised Mary Duncan at Millway House in Weyhill, close to Andover, Hampshire, with a special birthday gift, and she was happy to have the opportunity to dance her favorite ballroom dance, the waltz, with him.
The great-grandmother, who began dancing at the age of seven and has enjoyed it ever since, expressed her happiness at the opportunity to dance with Dave on her birthday.
She uttered: ‘I’ve been active my entire life and have always loved dancing. A 102-year-old woman’s wish to dance the waltz with Dave today came true, and the team has made her very happy.’
Mary, who was raised in the UK after moving to South Africa as a young kid to attend school, participated in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during World War II.
The talented dancer is a mother of two children who are now both in their 70s. She has seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Mary is amazing, stated Claire. She is still in fantastic health and very well liked by everyone here. It was fantastic to see her on Saturday because she seemed to be in her element.
‘Thanks to Dave and everyone here for organizing such a fantastic day for Mary,’ the staff member said.
The staff and other residents of the care facility were urged to wear something blue to match the birthday girl’s chosen color scheme on the day, and Mr. Turner dressed to impress for his meeting with Mary.
With tea and cake, the locals also honored her special day. The home’s manager, Richard Adams of Sears Healthcare, added:
‘I’m overjoyed that Mary’s request to dance the waltz for her 102nd birthday was granted. Glad to hear Mary had a wonderful time on her big day.’