100 and ac­tive as ever

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS WELCOME - Liana Turner liana.turner@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

AS YOU climb the stairs to Hazel Dunn’s liv­ing area, you’re met with a city of fam­ily pho­to­graphs.

If any­thing can de­fine the great-grand­mother, who marked her 100th birth­day on Wed­nes­day, it’s this scene.

Mrs Dunn moved to the Tweed from Kyo­gle with her par­ents after the Sec­ond World War and has lived in her cur­rent Tweed Heads West home since 1981.

She doesn’t look, feel, or act like a cen­te­nar­ian.

He son, Clint, said his mother had al­ways been fam­ily-minded and he be­lieves the drive to be there for her loved ones had boosted her longevity.

But it’s also in the genes; his great-grand­mother lived to 102, while his grand­mother passed away at a re­spectable 98 years of age.

Even today, Mrs Dunn has no dra­mas climb­ing the stair­case in her home, which she shares with grandson Michael, partner Jacky Bruhl and their three chil­dren. She still drives her­self to church, Seag­ulls club and her hair ap­point­ments and the fam­ily won’t go long with­out her renowned baked cheese­cake to tempt them.

Mrs Dunn met her late hus­band, Frank, on the steps of the pub with a beer in hand while walk­ing with her sis­ter, Gwen.

“That af­ter­noon he came and asked me to go to the movies but I said ‘Maybe Gwen could go’,” she said.

The cou­ple ran a fish and chip shop in Tweed Heads, near the Jack Evans Por­poise Pool, for many years and Mr Dunn caught much of his own fish.

Mrs Dunn has also been an avid seam­stress for many years.

Mrs Dunn also had two broth­ers, Aubrey and Jack. She has four grand­chil­dren and five great-grand­chil­dren.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

BIG DAY: Hazel Dunn (cen­tre) with Michael Dunn, Jacky Bruhl, Luke Dunn, Paul Dick­in­son, Karen and Clint Dunn, Amanda Dick­in­son and Cassie Dunn. Mrs Dunn marked her 100th birth­day on Wed­nes­day.

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