100 and active as ever
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.
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.