Brac seniors relish festive dinner

Close to 100 elderly folk attended the senior citizens’ dinner hosted by the Rotary Club of Cayman Brac and the Department of Children and Family Services on 12 December.

One of the highlights of the diner, held at the Aston Rutty Civic Centre, was the cutting of a cake donated by the Brac Reef Resort. Centenarian Ina Watler from The Creek and 86-year-old Daryl Smiley of Stake Bay did the honours.

Mrs. Ina, who turned 100 years old in July, said: ‘I had a lovely time and enjoyed seeing old friends.’

Alina Smith from the Bight resident and. Alina Ebanks from Spot Bay both received an unexpected gift from Scott Development. The company gave the seniors sand for backing their yards this Christmas in recognition of the fact that they had the most children of all the seniors present. Mrs. Smith is the mother of 11 and Mrs. Ebanks had 10 children.

According to the club’s President Andrea Stevens, the meal consisted of turkey, beef, ham, rice and beans, coleslaw and salad washed down with diabetic punch and water.

Rotarian Maryann Butcher and Irene Scott-Thorton, wife of club member Monte Thornton, entertained the seniors on the violin and guitar with Christmas songs and carols. The seniors sang along to the Twelve Days of Christmas led by Mrs. Scott-Thornton.

Annie Rose Scott of the DCFS also sang several songs including Memories of an Old Christmas Card and encouraged attendees to sing along. Raymond Scott provided a medley of recorded music during the event as well as playing several tunes himself.

Most of the seniors were driven to the event in transportation provided by the DCFS.