Dick Reid celebrates his 100th birthday by tucking into a meal which included six oysters, at the Best Cafe yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
When someone asked Dick Reid what sort of cake he wanted for
his 100th birthday, he said: ''Bugger the cake - take me for
a feed of oysters''.
Why? Because he had celebrated every birthday for the past
century with cake, and when you turned 100, you need
something a little more momentous, he said.
''Oysters and chips is my long suit - it's my favourite
So he celebrated his milestone yesterday with Bluff oysters
and chips at the Best Cafe in Dunedin, with his fellow Oxford
Mr Reid said he was a regular at the cafe for many years,
living on a daily lunchtime diet of fish and chips while he
ran his bookmaking business.
''You name the gambling, I've done it. I'm a gambler. I was
born a gambler. I love the thrill you get when the odds turn
Oxford Court Rest Home co-ordinator Yvonne McNeil said Mr
Reid was ''a real character''.
''He's got a great sense of humour and a great memory, and he
loves to play cards and indoor bowls. He's a ray of sunshine
- a real character.''
Unfortunately for Mr Reid, there was no getting away from the
inevitable birthday cake yesterday.
He had a second celebration with friends and family at Oxford
Court yesterday afternoon, at which he was encouraged to do
the traditional birthday cake-cutting.
When asked what the odds were of him reaching his 101st
birthday, Mr Reid said he was confident they were in his
''I'm a gambler at heart. I can always find something to
gamble with,'' he said with a chuckle.
''The odds are very good on me making 110 - maybe even 120.
''I come from good stock. I go forever and ever and ever.''
It sounds like a bet he won't worry about losing money on.