Seniors to take trip down memory lane

Kenneth Thorpe (74) will reminisce about his cricket umpiring days as part of International Day of Older Persons on October 1.
Kenneth Thorpe (74) will reminisce about his cricket umpiring days as part of International Day of Older Persons on October 1.

INTERNATIONAL Day of Older Persons on October 1 will be a special time for residents at Mercy Place Edgewater.

The aged care home will be celebrating its seniors and the contributions they have made to their communities, and asking them to take a trip down memory lane.

Taking part will be 74-year-old Kenneth Thorpe who was born in Moss Vale, in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

Born into a family of 13 children, Mr Thorpe and his siblings always joked they had more than enough players for a cricket team, with the active family involved in several sports such as tennis, hockey and rugby league.

But it was cricket that was Mr Thorpe’s first love, going on to pass his umpiring exams in NSW, then the state exam, which needed a pass mark of 83 per cent.

After moving to Perth to be closer to family, Mr Thorpe continued with his cricket umpiring for many years until he had a stroke in December 2017.

“There are many standout games I recall vividly, including a game involving Sir Richard Hadlee from New Zealand, one of the greatest fast bowlers and all-rounders in cricketing history,” Mr Thorpe said.

“Cricket has been a great love of mine and I’ve had a much fulfilled life.

“My motto has always been ‘you can’t say can’t; after all the first three letters are c-a-n’, and certainly helping out, helping others and volunteering in the community have always been great passions of mine.”

For Mr Thorpe, this included volunteering at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, being a Justice of the Peace and a Scout master for many years.

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