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Great-grandmother celebrates 100th birthday in Villa Scalabrini in Shenley
An accordion played and guests sang as a great-grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday.
Anita Aresti celebrated with family and friends at Italian care home Villa Scalabrini in Green Street, Shenley yesterday.
The centenarian sat in state in her wheelchair wearing a crown and holding a sceptre as staff and residents played music and sang Italian songs.
Although poor health meant she was unable to take a very active part in the proceedings, she beamed with delight as she opened her card from the Queen.
Mrs Aresti, who came to London from Italy in the 1930s, has lived in Villa Scalabrini for two months.
She previously lived in Saffron Walden in Essex and spent all her life in the catering trade.
Her son Mario said he was “very pleased” to be celebrating his mother’s birthday.
He added: “Not many people make it to 100 so we’re very lucky to be able to celebrate my mother’s birthday.
“She’s very excited.”
Care home worker Diana Montagner said Mrs Aresti really enjoyed life at the residential home, which provides a sense of community and familiarity for elderly Italians.
She said: “We always have parties for our residents’ birthdays, which are very happy occasions.
“Anita is doing much better after a recent health scare and I’m sure she is enjoying the day.”
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