An elderly Liverpool resident celebrated her 91st birthday in style, at Bongo’s Bingo
Her family asked how she wanted to celebrate, Bongo’s Bingo was the answer
Great-grandmother Anne Gandy MBE was asked by her family how she wanted to celebrate her 91st birthday. Her answer? Bongo's Bingo of course!
When Jonny Bongo heard of Anne's interest, he was keen to make it a spectacular show. They collected Anne and her family in a stretch Hummer to transport her to her second trip to Bongo's in as many years!
Anne was invited up and stage, and the Camp and Furnace audience sang her Happy Birthday.
Jonny Bongo told The Lad Bible:
"Her daughter got in touch and we knew we really wanted to spoil her and make a fuss of her this time, especially as the team had learned of the amazing work she has done in the Liverpool community for decades, and getting an MBE from it.
"She is such a wonderful lady with a great family, everyone was buzzing she was there. Bongo's Bingo is all about having fun for everyone, from 18 to 91 and more. It's a really mixed crowd who come to our shows across the UK and beyond, and having Anne there added a whole new dimension to the show for us all.
"It was an honour she wanted to come again! She loves how we are quintessentially Bingo and there is so much more going on at each show!
"So I got Anne on stage and the whole room sang 'Happy Birthday', but this time she wanted to speak to everyone. So I gave her the mic on stage and next thing she is asking everyone to sit down with 800 people in the palm of her hand, then recited a hilarious poem about getting old which had the whole room in stitches – it was such a beautiful moment. We couldn't believe it!
"Then five minutes later she was dancing away in the rave round to N-Trance's 'Set You Free' with her family right at the front. What. A. Lady!"
Anne received her MBE for services to the community in Walton, where she has been helping at playgroups in the area since 1970 according to The Liverpool Echo. Anne said:
"People are always saying I should retire and just put my feet up, but I don’t want to. I want to keep going. I think it keeps me young."
Even when she's at home, Anne doesn't stop. She regularly acts as a 'host-"mother" to students at the Liverpool School of English.
Anne doesn't plan for this to be her last trip to Bongo's Bingo either, she is fully intending to return for her 92nd birthday too!