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Blast from the past a real thrill for Catholic Healthcare Client

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For Brenda Wilde, celebrating her 90th birthday on the weekend was like going back in time.
Mrs Wilde celebrated the day with her family, and as a special surprise they organised a vintage 1928 Model A Ford to take her for a spin around town.

Her son, Andrew, along with her other children Jenny, Nancy and Lindsay, organised the historic car as part of the birthday celebrations held on Saturday.

Mr Wilde said riding in the car took his mum back to when she was young. “We got the car because it was the same vintage as her, she said she felt the family had a similar one to it when she was young.”
But it was driving out to Kelso in the car that really took her back to her childhood.

“The way it was rattling her bones, reminded her of when she was young. “But she really loved it,” he said.

Brenda is one of eight children, she was born in Lithgow but grew up in Bathurst, with her dad working at the railway workshops.

She recalls going to school, initially at the original primary school (now the fossil museum) before being moved to the new demonstration school site.

After finishing school, she worked in a Bathurst factory making clothing before marrying Neville Wilde.

Once married the couple, who have four children, moved around before returning in 1976, where they did locum work managing newsagents in town while their owners were on holidays.

Now retired, Mrs Wilde does a lot of handicraft, including knitting, and recently entered her knitting in the Sofala Show where she won first prize.

Mr Wilde said the highlight of the birthday for his mum was spending time with her family, along with her historic car ride.

The original version of this article appeared in the Western Advocate, Sunday 14 October 2018.