Jocelyn celebrates fabulous milestone

JOCELYN Hudson held an early 80th birthday celebration on Sunday with friends and family from far and wide.

Mrs Hudson cut the cake for her eighth decade at Coffs Ex-Services Club, where she hosted a luncheon for about 24 people.

Although she won't turn 80 until October 29, Mrs Hudson said she had brought her party forward to fit in with her family, with her sister and her husband coming from Albury and her son and his wife and children coming from Tamworth. Mrs Hudson said she was looking forward to seeing her first cousin, who lived at Inverell and whom she has not seen for 59 years.

Mrs Hudson retired to Coffs Harbour from Wee Waa in 1985. “I wouldn't go back,” she said. “We always came here for holidays and there is so much to do here. I am involved in lots of things.”

A St Vincent de Paul Society volunteer worker for six and a half years, Mrs Hudson still helps out casually as well as doing square dancing, old-time and new vogue dancing and is the treasurer of a low-vision group. She said she was grateful for the science that saved her own eyesight.

“I would be blind but I had the cataracts in both eyes done and now I only need glasses,” Mrs Hudson said.

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