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Clarice still has plenty of bite at 100 years of age! Celebrations.

HER friends may have dentures, but at the grand old age of 100, Clarice Bevan is proud that she still has all her own teeth.

Clarice, who is known for her "friendly smile", has celebrated her 100th birthday at a care home in Porthcawl, joined by friends, family and fellow residents.

"Becky Timms, business administrator at Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court, said: "Clarice has always been someone you could rely on for a friendly smile and a chat."

To mark the milestone, staff at the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution home threw her a birthday party and invited lots of special guests.

Dressed in a bright blue cardigan, Clarice beamed as she opened her cards and presents.

Staff invited her favourite singer, Collin Williams, to entertain the guests while they enjoyed champagne and cake.

Sitting in her wheelchair and tucked into a cosy blanket, Clarice marvelled at how many colourful balloons they had managed to blow up for her.

The Mayor of Porthcawl, Sean Aspey, also attended the party on Penylan Avenue and presented Clarice with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the town council.

The birthday girl received dozens of cards and messages, including a personal message from the Queen and a card from Ian Duncan-Smith.

Ms Timms said: "Clarice Bevan is a lady who you would wish to have in your own family.

"I am lucky to say that she has been a part of my life for the last six years.

"Clarice is proud to tell people that at 100 she still has all of her own teeth!" The RMBI cares for older Freemasons and their families, as well as some people in the community, providing a home for more than 1,000 people in England and Wales.

"Clarice is a lovely lady who you would wish to have in your own family..." Becky Timms, of Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court

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Clarice Bevan on her 100th birthday with the Mayor of Porthcawl, Sean Aspey

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 6, 2015
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