100-year-old Dennis at Riverside Place says ‘always have a positive attitude’

100th Birthday celebrations at Riverside Place Care Home in September 2023

A resident at Riverside Place Care Home has celebrated his 100th birthday with a screening of his favourite film.

Dennis Bly was born on 10th September 1923. Dennis has always lived locally, growing up in Hunsdon. As a child, he remembers living in a cottage where you had to collect water from a pump in the village square. There was also no electric and the toilet was outside in a barn.

During World War II, Dennis took part in the D Day landings as part of the Navy. After leaving the Navy, Dennis was a builder. He built many houses including one in Widbury Gardens, just opposite Riverside Place, and a bungalow in Braughing for him and his wife.

Dennis has lived at Riverside Place for nearly four years. Dennis said, “I enjoy spending my time reading The Times and testing my mind with crosswords. Every day I look forward to joining the other residents in the Dining Room for lunch. I also like to keep abreast of current affairs by watching the News and having a tipple (or two).”

To commemorate his special birthday, Dennis enjoyed a small celebration at his request, with a screening of his favourite film, Goodnight Mr Tom in the cinema room. The team at Riverside Place gifted Dennis with an issue of The Times from the day he was born. Dennis also received a birthday care from the King and Queen.

When asked what her secret to a long life was, Dennis replied, “you need to have a positive attitude, in doing so, I know that if I feel down, I know I will soon feel up again.”

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