Bella marks her century in style

Former dinnerlady Bella Strutt arrives by Police escort to celebrate her 100th birthday with friends and pupils at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College. She is pictured with l-r Lauren Coles, 17, George Brookfield, 18, Councillor Maureen Paterson, Mayor of Edlington and Robyn Cusworth, 17.  Picture: Marie Caley D3503MC
Former dinnerlady Bella Strutt arrives by Police escort to celebrate her 100th birthday with friends and pupils at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College. She is pictured with l-r Lauren Coles, 17, George Brookfield, 18, Councillor Maureen Paterson, Mayor of Edlington and Robyn Cusworth, 17. Picture: Marie Caley D3503MC
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IT was a rock and roll entrance for a former dinner lady when she arrived at her 100th birthday party with a police escort.

Teenagers at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College in Edlington laid on a birthday extravaganza to mark Bella Strutt’s special milestone.

They put on a showcase demonstrating the changes of songs and dress over the past century. They also invited about 100 pensioners from the surrounding area.

One of the organisers Robyn Cusworth, 17, said: “It was fabulous. There were performances showing music from different decades. We also had a visit from Chuckle Brother Barry Elliott, who really made everyone laugh.”

A message from Mrs Strutt’s grand-daughter was also beamed to the school from Singapore, where she works as a teacher.