WHEN Lindsay Taylor cuts the 100th birthday cake at Mildura Senior College on Sunday, he will be just four weeks shy of his own century.
The oldest known former school student will share the duty with Bridget Loughhead, who at 15 years and nine months is its youngest current student.
An acknowledgement of the past and embracement of the future, it is a gesture that embodies the spirit of the day.
“I don’t mind cutting the cake, as long as they give me a bit of it,” Mr Taylor joked.
“The cake cutting is at about 1pm I think, so that was nice (to be asked).”
To recall his time as a student at the school – for a single year back in 1929 – is to test Mr Taylor’s memory.
But what he does remember he does so fondly, with the long commute to school as a stranger to the town most vivid.
“I have good memories.
“I used to travel up to Merbein from Curlwaa in the car, then get the old diesel train from there.
“We would get off at Twelfth Street, that was our service station.
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