Drusillas Park in Alfriston celebrates turning 90 with a tea party for guests

Maurice Macey
Maurice Macey

Animal haven Drusillas Park was celebrating its 90th birthday by holding a tea party for fellow nonegenarians.

Guests enjoyed a free trip to the zoo in Alfriston followed by a cream tea in the Explorers Café on Wednesday May 13.

Michael Ann, son of the original founder of Drusillas Park, gave a short talk during the afternoon as the guests tucked into sandwiches, scones and cups of tea.

Students from Buckswood School in Guestling put on a 90 year anniversary concert, performing in a brass band on the bandstand.

Amongst the guests was 92 year old former RAF Spitfire pilot, Maurice Macey who was nicknamed Hawkeye during the war for his ability to spot enemy planes.

In the past Maurice and his wife Arlene frequented the Friday night tea dances at Drusillas and remember enjoying many bacon and egg suppers.

Animal enthusiasts and long-time supporters of Drusillas Park, Betty and Richard Morris were also part of the event.

The couple have adopted the zoo’s servals for many years and Betty became the most senior member of the zoo team when she signed up to be a keeper for the day to mark her own 90th birthday.

Managing director Christine Smith said, “We would like to thank each and every one of our 90 year old guests that helped us celebrate today, as well as Michael Ann and all the students of Buckswood School.”

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