Dorothy Jones 100th Birthday Party at Denbigh Rugby Club. It was an honour for the Denbigh and District Male Voice Choir to receive an invitation to perform some of her favourite songs.
An elegant horse-drawn white carriage escorted Dorothy to the Rugby Club. She was greeted by her adoring family and friends.
The occasion was special to celebrate an amazing milestone.
Dorothy Jones was born in Holyhead, Anglesey. At the age of 15, and economical with her age, she became a nurse at the North Wales Hospital.
At the end of her shift a young Bobby Jones would patiently wait for her at the hospital gates.
The courting flourished and they were married in 1940.
Blessed with 7 children, 15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 4 great, great grandchildren.
It’s true to say that she is at her happiest surrounded by her family.
Dorothy Jones 100th Birthday Royal Card
Saturday 10th August, was her official 100th birthday.
Cards duly arrived from Her Majesty The Queen, The Welsh Assembly and her Member of Parliament.
Furthermore, over 150 guests, consisting of family and friends, packed the main lounge of the Rugby Club.
The atmosphere was electric. It was unbridled joy and happiness.
Looking poised and elegant Dorothy responded with her radiant smile and good nature.
Photographs of Dorothy shown to capture her vitality and joy of life.
Dorothy Jones 100th Birthday in Dance and Song
After a lively and entertaining bout of Morris Dancing, led by daughter Bronwen, the Choir performed several items requested by Dorothy and family members.
Starting with We’ll Keep a Welcome, Myfanwy, Amazing Grace and Calon Lan.
It was emotional and satisfying for us to see Dorothy singing along. Our audience also in good voice.
Then Moon River, followed with Fy Mhlentyn, Some Enchanted Evening and singing directly to Dorothy, There is Nothing Like a Dame.
On this occasion it was most appropriate. Near deafening audience appreciation.
Then Gwahoddiad and You Raise Me Up followed by ‘D’oes Unman yn Debyg i Gartref’ (There is no Place like Home) sung by tenor Gwynfor Evans.
This song is well-chosen as Dorothy has lived at her present home for 71 years. A proud Denbigh centenarian.
The audience, encouraged by compere Clwyd Wynne, joined in with our last songs, How Great Thou Art, and Cwm Rhondda.
It was exhilarating. You had to be there to experience the fervour and the passion.
Naturally, we kept our best song to the end. A rousing bilingual rendition of ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ to a very special lady.
Dorothy’s zest for life, much in evidence, as she stood proudly to sing our national anthem.
To Arwyn Roberts, a retired funeral director, came her classic quote of the day:
‘I’m not ready for you yet!’
In conclusion, a sincere ‘Thank You’ to the family for allowing the choir to be part of the immense joy of the special occasion.