Wellingborough centenarians treated like royalty after becoming a Facebook hit

Joan and Constance celebrating their birthdays at Rosewood Court in Wellingborough

Joan and Constance celebrating their birthdays at Rosewood Court in Wellingborough

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Two centenarians were treated like VIPs after attracting more than 11,000 likes on a Facebook post to celebrate their combined 201 years.

Constance Peploe and Joan Spreckley from Rosewood Court in Irthlingborough Road, Wellingborough, celebrated their 101st and 100th birthdays respectively last month.

Joan Spreckley celebrating her birthday at Rosewood Court in Wellingborough

Joan Spreckley celebrating her birthday at Rosewood Court in Wellingborough

In honour of the milestones, Megan Neilan decided to see how many likes they could get by putting a picture of the birthday girls on Facebook.

The aim was 201 likes, but they exceeded all expectations by attracting more than 11,000 likes and the post was shared hundreds of times around the world.

Their prize for smashing the target for the number of Facebook likes was afternoon tea at The Courtyard in Stanwick, but the ladies were also treated to a photoshoot with Kline Studios in Wellingborough and Sunday lunch at the Hind Hotel in Wellingborough.

Megan, who is the activity coordinator at Rosewood Court, said: “It was really good, they had a wonderful time.

They were genuinely in awe of Joan and Constance, I can’t say how amazing the staff were

Megan Neilan

“We have got some wonderful photos, Kline Studios made a real fuss of them.

“And I can’t thank the staff at the Hind Hotel enough.

“They were genuinely in awe of Joan and Constance, I can’t say how amazing the staff were, they were having a good laugh and a joke with them.

“I can’t put it into words how wonderful they were.”

Joan Spreckley celebrating her birthday at Rosewood Court in Wellingborough

Joan Spreckley celebrating her birthday at Rosewood Court in Wellingborough

Megan said the ladies both enjoyed being treated like royalty after getting such a good reaction on Facebook, and she added: “I was so pleased to see them both relishing it, especially Constance.

“I have worked with her for seven years and she has been through a lot, including losing her sight, so she is an inspiration to me.

“To see her sitting in the back of the car when we went out, she was just beaming.”

The ladies also enjoyed celebrating with family, friends and everyone at Rosewood Court, including a visit from Wellingborough mayor Barry Graves, and they were presented with their own named roses by the staff.

To see the original Facebook post go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Meg-Neilan-Sponsored-by-Recycled-Teenagers/380023378872113.