Florence Slattery with the big basket of flowers gifted to her for her 100th birthday from her beloved Rose City Red Hatters. Photo Jayden Brown / Warwick Daily News
Florence Slattery with the big basket of flowers gifted to her for her 100th birthday from her beloved Rose City Red Hatters. Photo Jayden Brown / Warwick Daily News Jayden Brown

No missing the Queen of Warwick’s 100th birthday

WARWICK may have missed the Queen's Birthday on Monday, but the Rose City's own queen has celebrated an early birthday of her own.

Florence Slattery's beloved Red Hatters threw a colourful party in honour of her impending 100th birthday at the Warwick Golf Club.

More than 150 ladies travelled from across Queensland to celebrate their queen mother's milestone.

With her humour, elegance and class still intact, Mrs Slattery had the audience laughing along.

"I'm having a wonderful time today," she told the crowd. "Believe it or not I'm not really interested in your wine, I'm drinking gin.

"I decided no matter what I was like or how many wrinkles I had, I was still going to enjoy myself right to the last minute."

The matriach of the Red Hat Society in Australia said she was honoured so many of the ladies travelled so far for her birthday.

"I never thought it would come to this, not in my wildest dreams," she said.

"I feel very flattered they've come all this way, I do appreciate it."

Reflecting on her near 100 year lifetime, Mrs Slattery said life had changed so much.

From the moon landing to advances in technology, she's seen a lot in her life.

"All this modern technology that's out now I find it very difficult," she said.

"I can use a mobile phone though, it comes in very handy."

Eileen Shergold has known Mrs Slattery for more than 25 years, spending time with her through the Red Hatters.

"She has the most wonderful sense of humour," she said.

"She's done a lot for everyone over the years, involved in lots of organisations in Warwick."

Fellow Red Hatter Shirley Peel said she'd known Mrs Slattery for more than 30 years.

"She's so incredible," she said.

"She would help anyone."

For the ladies in the room, Red Hatters was the first time they met the birthday girl herself.

Fay Wickham first met Mrs Slattery at the very first Red Hatters gathering.

"She's so clever, so talented," she said.

Mrs Slattery will officially turn 100 on Wednesday next week.

She will celebrate family and friends on Saturday next week.



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