(April 21st 2016)
Waverley hoppa Community Transport has celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday with a party for ten of its customers who were also born in 1926.
hoppa buses chauffeured theparty guests from their homes in and around Haslemere, Godalming,Cranleigh and Farnham to the borough council offices where they joined the Mayor of Waverley, Cllr Mike Band for lunch.
The Mayor and Mayoress warmly greeted the guests and the Mayor said a few words of welcome. Everybody was then invited to enjoy a light lunch in the company of their fellow nonagenarians.
During a short speech, Steve Forward, General Manager at hoppa highlighted how 1926 also saw the birth of some well-known people including Marilyn Monroe, David Attenborough, George Martin, Chuck Berry and Kenneth Williams. He also had guests reminiscing about the time when a loaf of bread cost 1.8p,a pint of milk was 1.3p, a pint of beer was 3p and the average home cost £619.
On behalf of hoppa, each lady was presented with a posy of flowers, which included sprays of carnations as these are said to be the Queen’s favourite flower.
To round off the celebration, Elsie Reed whose birthday is closest to the Queen’s, was invited to join the Mayor of Waverley and Steve Forward to cut a specially made birthday cake.
At the end of the party, each guest was taken back home by hoppa. Steve Forward said: “The party was such a happy occasion. It was an honour to be in the company of these remarkable ladies who, between them, have 900 years of stories, memories and experiences to share. I really enjoyed talking with our guests and I am delighted they were able to attend our joint birthday party.”
Anybody who has difficulty accessing transport can register to use the hoppa service. By making just one phone call, customers can arrange to be picked up from their home, taken to a prearranged destination and then returned safely home. Registering to use the hoppa service is very quick and simple. hoppa require a few details, which can be given by calling 01428 681701 or by completing an online form at www.hoppa.org.uk.
(Left) Mayor of Waverley, Cllr Mike Band, Elsie Reed and Steve Forward.