Happy 100th birthday, Lorna Kemp
A Murray Bridge resident reflects on her life locally, at Lameroo and in Adelaide, and what it feels like to be a century old.
Family comes first, says Lorna Kemp – and so it has gone for the Murray Bridge resident, who celebrated her 100th birthday this week.
A big crowd came to a gathering of family and friends on Sunday.
Then on Tuesday, her actual birthday, another party was held at the Murray Lands Retirement Village where she lives.
After a century spent between Lameroo, Adelaide and Murray Bridge, there was no shortage of well-wishers ready to give her their best regards.
“To Mr and Mrs Norman Taylor, of Norman Ville, Lameroo: a daughter, Lorna Elizabeth” – so the former Lorna Taylor’s birth was announced in the Chronicle 100 years ago.
Or, as Mrs Kemp put it: “The sixth of the second of 1924 is when Lorna Elizabeth said ‘hi world, I’m here to shake things up’.”
Her memories of her childhood at Lameroo were still vivid, she said.
She recalled being driven into town on her father’s horse-drawn sulky, a black velvet bonnet on her head.