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Centenarian Frank said he wanted a stripper-gram and he hasn't stop smiling since

PUBLISHED: 12:23 09 November 2012 | UPDATED: 12:53 09 November 2012

Frank Elwin who marked his 100th birthday with a stripper-gram

Frank Elwin who marked his 100th birthday with a stripper-gram

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Former banker Frank Elwin enjoyed a high interest rate on his 100th birthday - thanks to a stripper-gram.

The centenarian was treated to a party with a racy ray of seaside fun by staff at St Edmunds residential home on Gorleston’s clifftop Marine Parade.

Norwich-born Mr Elwin reportedly entered into the bawdy spirit of the occasion with gusto after a quiet morning sipping coffee with well-wishers and opening his prized card from the Queen.

Penny Pendle, residential home owner, said Mr Elwin was a popular character known for his independence and sense of humour.

The 100-year-old still enjoys a walk along the prom and to get an ice-cream, and enjoys a regular tipple.

She said the morning on November 4 had started sedately enough with a couple of friends dropping in for lunch. Then in the afternoon garlanded with sparkling lights and a silver bowler hat things took a light-hearted twist with family and friends and a large bottle of brandy, liberally slopped into glasses followed by a pink champagne toast.

Mr Elwin, the first male to reach the 100 milestone in the home’s 16 year history, was - like five birthday girls before him - offered the option of a stripper-gram to which he readily agreed.

Mrs Pendle said everyone was briefed about what would be happening, so they could make a choice about whether they wanted to stay.

“This home is about people who are old,” she said. “They are not incapable of enjoying themselves and we had a party. A lot of the staff came for the fun and the entertainment.

“Most of our ladies have had a stripper-gram but this is our first gentleman to reach 100. We checked with him to see if he wanted one and he definitely did.

“At 100 years old his life is to be celebrated. Frank has not stopped smiling since. Much fun was had by all, a day etched in everyone’s memories.” she added.

Mr Elwin’s career with Barclays Bank spanned more than four decades and saw him posted to branches all over Norfolk. He rose to the position of chief cashier and lived in Sheringham.

He moved to St Edmunds in Gorleston almost five years ago - where he can enjoy his passion for the sea.

Twice widowed he has a step daughter who was among visitors on Sunday with her children, his grandchildren.

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