When long-time Narrabri resident Judy McMaster was picturing the celebrations for her 90th birthday, the original plan was for a big party, which would have included friends and family – a family of four children, nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

When it became evident that this was not going to be possible, a lunch with friends was the next plan.

But lockdowns ensued and the special celebration had to be rethought yet again.

On Friday August 27, Judy sat on her front verandah in Nandewar Street, and the tooting of car horns could be heard from 10am to 12 noon, as friends drove by and voiced their well-wishes.

It was the answer to a way around COVID restrictions, organised by Judy’s daughter Marg Wood, accompanied by a beautiful birthday cake.

Judy was delighted with the warmth shown to her on this special occasion.

Along with receiving phone calls, messages, flowers, cards and gifts, Judy felt very grateful and honoured by the drive-by birthday wishes which made the day extra special.

Grandson Andrew, son of Judy’s daughter Cathryn Edmondson, was due to play quad rugby at the Tokyo Paralympics that afternoon, so after watching the game on television, Judy and Marg enjoyed prawns for dinner.

Altogether, a very special day, not to be forgotten, and hopefully the family will all be able to get together next year.

The beautiful birthday cake.

The beautiful birthday cake.

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