Two Hunstanton residents joined the Queen in celebrating their 90th birthdays in the same week; both are musicians still active in the local community as they enter their tenth decade.
Aubrey Hood, who for 30 years held the prestigious post of organist at St Margaret’s Church, Lynn, still plays the piano at the main festival services at the Parish Church of St Edmund, where he is a regular worshipper.
From time to time he also performs for church coffee mornings and garden parties, and entertains guests at Park House Hotel, Sandringham.
Singer Ron Coggins appears at similar events around Hunstanton, leading the chorus in his seventh consecutive Singalong at Hunstanton Day Centre on April 19.
Members, family and friends joined him enthusiastically in medleys of popular songs, and all enjoyed his moving solo of Don’t cry for me, Argentina and his comic music-hall rendition of When Father Papered The Parlour, accompanied by Barbara Wingrove.
Ron celebrated with a wonderful 90th birthday cake, made by Gill Brown and shared with members of the Day Centre, and he displayed all his birthday cards alongside memories of the last 90 years.
Poignantly, a note on the table explained that Ron had entered a Barnardo’s home as a very young child and he had never seen his birth family but went on to say how proud he was of his own children and grandchildren.