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Elsie, 100, still hits high notes

CENTENARIAN Elsie Wakerley has certainly found the right notes to hit for a long and happy life. The popular music teacher taught hundreds of Southampton people to play the piano from her Swaythling home.

Many of her former pupils have gone on to enjoy successful careers in the arts, and she was joined by past pupils and friends to help celebrate her 100th birthday at Dawson Lodge in West End, where she moved to around seven years ago.

Elsie started teaching the piano in her teens, and continued to inspire a new generation of musicians by tutoring in music theory well into her nineties.

With music playing a major role in her life she received a special award from a Gosport Music Festival for taking part in an incredible 50 successive annual competitions.

Elsie is pictured here with the parents of former pupils, from left, Chris Lock, Ruth Rounce, Jill Lock and home manager Jacqui Sheppard.

Echo Picture: by Chris Moorhouse. Published: Southern Daily Echo, 10th April 2010


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