Tears flow as 90th birthday celebration surprises

DELIGHTED: Iris Radnott was overcome with emotion when family members travelled from across the state to celebrate her 90th birthday on November 1.
DELIGHTED: Iris Radnott was overcome with emotion when family members travelled from across the state to celebrate her 90th birthday on November 1. M Twigge Photography

THERE was a look of pure astonishment on Iris Radnott's face when she walked into her 90th birthday party on Saturday.

Unaware her family had been planning a celebration for months, with many travelling hundreds of kilometres to attend, tears promptly flowed down Ms Radnott's face.

Daughter Glenda Hammond said her mother had been made aware that she was to receive a surprise, yet she was not prepared for what was to follow.

"It was a beautiful moment when she walked through the door," she said.

"She got the biggest surprise and was almost immediately in tears."

Eighty guests travelled from as far as Collinsville, Townsville, Emerald and Brisbane to celebrate the family matriarch, now a great great grandmother.

Born on October 31 1924, Ms Radnott remains an active community member in Gladstone, visiting the Senior Citizens Centre every Monday.

She has resided in the same Barney Point home for the past 58 years, where she raised her four children Errol, Pam, Dianne (dec) and Bradley.

Mrs Hammond describes her beloved mother as independent, happy and friendly.

"It's been a long time since all of her family were together," she said.

"It was a very special moment and we were lucky enough to capture it in a photo."

A barbecue lunch was held at the Gladstone netball courts, with a large awning providing the perfect location for both a birthday and family reunion.

The birthday cake was a spectacular creation, doubling as a family tree.

Ms Radnott formed the trunk of the cake, with her children featured as branches, her grandchildren as leaves and the family members yet to arrive as seeds.

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