SOMETHING must have been in the water at Loomberah in the 1920s, because incredibly, three of Tamworth's oldest residents all hail from the same region just outside of town.
Harry Vincent (100), Olive Edmond (100) and Nevell McDonald (104) all grew up in the area and have crossed paths throughout the years.
Ms Edmond and Mr Vincent were even in the same class at Loomberah Public School, along with Margaret Marshall who is turning 100 near the end of the month.
Mr McDonald didn't go to school with the others, instead getting a lot of his education at a school in Calala.
He also lived at the opposite side of Loomberah to Ms Edmond, but it was a small and tight knit community.
Despite having lived through WWII, multiple recessions and now COVID-19, all three of the centenarians continue to crack jokes and get around with a smile on their face
The tale of how their lives have continued to intertwine is, of course, quite a long one, but they are all more than happy to reminisce about times gone by.
A new chapter was created on Thursday morning too, with Ms Edmond and Mr McDonald seeing one another for the first time in decades.
Mr McDonald's reaction after seeing her after all those years... "your hair's different".
It was the type of cheeky comment that staff at Bupa Aged Care Tamworth have come to expect from the former Wool and Wheat Association president and whiskey lover, who will turn 105 in less than a month.
Mr Vincent is the youngest of the three - something he sees as a novelty, having only turned 100 in late April - and said he had fond memories of the others.
He recalled seeing Mr McDonald on farms when they were young, admitting he was impressed by the way he worked - which is a strong compliment for somebody who spent most of their in the agriculture industry. As for Ms Edmond, he said their friendship grew stronger later in life.
"Her and another two girls used to stick around together, and I forget what I said to them one day, but they weren't real friendly with me after that," Mr Vincent laughed.
"Anyway she's very friendly now, I've been up to the hospital to see her when she was in hospital, she's a really nice girl."
All three of them, along with Ms Marshall, are still mobile and have outstanding memories, recalling stories from times few others could.
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