Lunch fit for a queen

Clara Marshall, 94, was crowned the queen at yesterday’s seniors’ lunch.
Clara Marshall, 94, was crowned the queen at yesterday’s seniors’ lunch.

RESIDENTS from around the Central Highlands came together yesterday to celebrate the valuable contribution of seniors.

A morning tea of scones, jam and a good cuppa was served as the seniors caught up and shared stories.

They had trivia games, talent contests, a prize for the person boasting the most grandchildren, and a crown for the king and queen, which went to Harry Lewis and Clara Marshall.

Clara, the reigning queen from last year, said she had been enjoying the lunch for years.

"I come to every one," Clara said as she enjoyed a cup of tea.

"The wheels can't turn without me," she added with a smile.

Clara is well known in Springsure and said when she first moved there at 16-years-old, she never thought she would still call it home at 94.

"I never thought I'd be there for the rest of my life," Clara said, as she reminisced about her early experiences in the town.

"I remember riding horses and looking down (at Springsure) and I thought what a quaint little town it was, with all those tin roofs peaking out."

She enjoys living in the town she calls "the only place on Earth to live", but she also likes venturing out for days like yesterday.

"It's a nice day," Clara said of the seniors' lunch.

Clara was crowned queen for the first time at last year's event and said it had been a long time coming.

"When I was a little girl, I tried so hard to get a trophy in sprinting or running the track... "I had to wait 'til I was 93. But I have one now," she said with a laugh. 

King and queen crowns go to the oldest seniors.

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