Community group to build centenarians' park

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A park is to be built in one of the communities that boasts of producing most of Antigua and Barbuda’s centenarians. Dr. Oswald Thomas, president of the Sons and Daughters of Willikies, U.S. Chapter, said that there are plans to build a park, to memorialise these deserving citizens. “We have intentions because we have celebrated the long lives of Willikians who have turned 100 years old; we intend to build a centurion park to keep the names of all those Willikians that have made 100,” Dr. Thomas said.
The site for the park has not yet been identified There are currently 18 centenarians living in Antigua and Barbuda, six of them hailing from the eastern side of the country. Just last week, Majorie Edward Abbott of Willikies celebrated her 103rd birthday on Friday, and fellow villager Maude Warner turned 102 on Thursday. Many of the centenarians, some of whom have died, were born in the Freetown, Willikies, Seatons, Glanvilles and neighbouring communities.
The country’s first recorded supercentenarian, Irene Carlos of Freetown, passed away in September 2012 at the age of 110. Many of the residents there also live beyond 70 years old. Apart from living on the eastern side of the island, these centenarians attribute their long lives to serving the Lord, eating fish and ground provisions, working hard and living close to the sea.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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