Dudley Roylance is surrounded by his five children Marie Smallcombe, Loraine Howkins, Allan Roylance, Annette Radburn and Fay Dunkerly to celebrate his 95th birthday.
Dudley Roylance is surrounded by his five children Marie Smallcombe, Loraine Howkins, Allan Roylance, Annette Radburn and Fay Dunkerly to celebrate his 95th birthday. Mike Richards

Dudley, 95, adds another party to long list

DUDLEY Roylance celebrated his 95th birthday on Saturday at the Gladstone Golf Club with 45 of his closest family and friends.

The jovial man spent all of his life in Bororen until he moved to Gladstone just over three years ago.

Dudley said he was having another good party.

"I've probably had too bloody many parties I can't remember them," he said.

"Everyone has been very good and they are telling me I'm on the downward run."

The nonagenarian was tempted by an offer to go skydiving for his birthday.

"The girls at Bindaree wanted to take me skydiving. I thought I could at least go along and check it out," he said.

"Even if something did happen it couldn't be too bad."

Dudley's daughter, Lorraine Howkins, said he was the patriarch of five children, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Dudley laughed at the numbers and said, "It's lucky she knows."

Dudley heard his family sing him Happy Birthday again and said he would hear it a couple times more.

"I'll make it to 100," he said. What else is there to do?"



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