West Bridgford resident Joan Hardwick celebrated her 100th birthday with a special bridge session in her honour at the Phoenix Bridge Club in Ruddington.
Eighty members, old and new, attended the session and enjoyed wine provided by her great grandson and a two-tiered birthday cake made especially for her.
There then followed an evening of fun bridge whereby everyone had the opportunity during the evening to play at Joan’s table.
Originally from Southport in Lancashire where she was introduced to bridge at the age of 12 by her mother, Joan moved to Nottingham just after World War II as her husband’s shop-supplying business Sparrow and Hardwick was to be based in Nottingham.
She quickly joined the Lancastrian Society for whom she first played competitive bridge. She subsequently combined playing bridge with playing competitive golf at the local Stanton-in-the Wolds Golf Club.
Although she has now given up golf, Joan still plays bridge four times a week, either at Phoenix or at the Nottingham Bridge Club.
Joan told the Local News: “It’s all down to watching my mother who was an excellent bridge player.”
Her husband and her father were not keen bridge players and her husband would often ask “has that clock stopped?”
Undaunted, however, Joan has been a highly respected player on the local bridge scene for over 70 years.
She is never slow to encourage, advise and praise younger players and has adapted well to the arrival of Bridgemates and computerised scoring.
Joan was very pleased to be made an honorary member of Phoenix last year. She commented that she felt a great debt to all those who assist with transport and other issues such as seating and lighting.
“I am so pleased my mother’s legacy lives on,” said Joan at the party given in her honour at St Peter’s Rooms in Ruddington.