Live as honestly as you can and take care of those closest to you are Frank Daley’s recommendations for a fulfilled life.
Dorset’s latest centenarian shared his considered advice as he celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends at Colten Care’s Canford Chase care home in Poole.
After a morning Skype call with family well-wishers in Australia, Frank was the centre of attention at his party as performers arrived to entertain him and guests with music, dance and circus skills.
For residents and staff at the home, it was a chance to honour a man renowned for being sociable and having a sense of fun.
Asked for his secret for a long, happy life, Frank said:
“Live as honest a life as you possibly can and look after those around you.”
Performers at Frank’s birthday included three artists from Poole-based aerial hoop class Secret Circus.
A relative of one of Frank’s fellow residents played trombone for him as the trio showed off their skills.
Frank also enjoyed listening to a series of Matt Monro and Frank Sinatra swing-era hits sung by crooner Scott Free.
Companionship Team Leader Vicky Day said:
“It was a great pleasure and privilege to wish the lovely Frank a Happy 100th Birthday in style. The day was filled with love, good wishes and talented performers.
“Frank is very sociable, recently took part in a karaoke session for World Music Day and had seen Secret Circus before and so we knew he would appreciate the music and artistry on display.
“We all joined in with the performances, following the movements, serenading Frank and singing and dancing the afternoon away.”