ON SATURDAY Ella Tomkinson turned 91 and celebrated by having lunch with some of her friends at the Tin Shed.
Mrs Tomkinson was born in North Adelaide and was also the mayoress for six years. She moved to Port Douglas 18 years ago and says she just loves it.
“I just adore it here and I have made many good friends and we can get together and share our interests,” Mrs Tomkinson said.
A dress and pattern maker, Ms Tomkinson ran her own business up until her retirement at the age of 74 and during that time she made dresses for many different people including the wife of Adelaide’s Governor.
Asked what she liked best to make, she said the long evening-wear gloves.
“These were just fabulous to make, the material was very soft and exotic and they looked very glamorous on all the ladies,” Mrs Tomkinson said.
“They used to take me two days to make but it was worth it because they really did look stunning.”
Mrs Tomkinson said that she was also very fortunate to be able to travel the world and to marvel at the many wonderful places on the planet such as Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, China and India to name but a few. And what was her favourite country? “It was India,” she said. “Oh, what a magnificent place, it was just a wonderous mix of humanity and buildings and countryside as well as the incredible amount of colour and vibrancy.”
During the years, Mrs Tomkinson has also been a painter and completed many wonderful pictures but these days she takes things a little more slowly and says that playing Scrabble is now her favourite pastime and hobby.
“I recently scored 369 in a game,” she said.
“And I’ve still got my driver’s licence.”
Still going strong: