At 100, oysters take the cake

Dick Reid celebrates his 100th birthday by tucking into a meal which included six oysters, at the Best Cafe yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
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 meal.''

So he celebrated his milestone yesterday with Bluff oysters and chips at the Best Cafe in Dunedin, with his fellow Oxford Court residents.

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 your way.''

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 favour.

''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.

- john.lewis@odt.co.nz

Great going Dick

Considering your wonderful attitude towards life, generally, I'd be prepared to bet, that had your oysters been washed down with a glass or two of champagne on-the-day, you'd have been downright 'dangerous' to know. 

Good on ya mate

Happy Birthday Dick, those oysters look delicious!

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