Colombian police celebrate elderly woman's 110th birthday with live music, cake and presents.

Colombian police celebrate elderly woman's 110th birthday with live music, cake and presents.

Colombian grand dame partied on her 110th birthday despite the novel coronavirus curbs as police threw her a "masked ball" outdoors with live music, a huge cake and presents from friends and neighbours.

Anita Rojas, fondly known as "Dona Anita," danced and waved her arms as the police band serenaded her with a mariachi-style version of "Happy Birthday."

 

 

"May God bless you, may God keep you," she told the officers outside her home in Pereira, in Colombia's Coffee Triangle.

The revelers, sporting surgical masks, counted up to 110 and cheered for their beloved neighbour, who was wearing a tiara.

Anita Rojas is still going strong, said her nephew Omar Ramirez Rojas. "Even at her age, she has her mental abilities. She eats on her own, bathes, dresses and has a lot of ability for her age," he said.