WHILE many across the country have been getting a bit feverish about the monarchy’s sixth in line to the throne popping by, Tamworth’s correspondence with the Queen is quietly getting more common.
This month was dotted with two 100th birthday bashes in the country music capital which is showing a penchant for longevity.
Alma Jean Dowd kicked off the week of wonderful one-hundreds and shared the simple stepswhich helped her kick-on to 100.
Her daughter Barbara Lee said her mum perambulated prolifically for most of her life.
Spending most of her days the Tenterfield region, Mrs Dowd would often walk up to 10km a day, a lesson she has tried to impart on her descendants.
Meanwhile, another Tamworthian will join the local centenarian club next Saturday when Kathleen Mills reaches the milestone.
Born in Dubbo, Mrs Mills has been involved in a number of local groups during her 60 years in Tamworth, including Meals on Wheels, the Catholic Women’s Association and the War Widows’ Association.
She will be joined by family from afar afield as the Sunshine Coast and Canberra when they come together to celebrate this Saturday.
According to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Tamworth sits slightly above the state average as a proportionate centre for centenarians with 15 living in the council area (as at June 30, 2017), representing 0.02 per cent of the population.
There were 1170 100-year-olds in NSW, just 0.01 per cent of the overall population.
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