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A 90th birthday to remember

BIRTHDAY GIRL: From left to right - Tony Fairweather and his mother Olga celebrating her 90th birthday with friends

THE USAIN Bolt and Glen Mills Charity Dinner & Auction brought sport stars, politicians and celebrities into one space to celebrate the talented Jamaican duo – but one particularly special guest stole the show and hearts of attendees – including Bolt’s.

90-year-old Olga Fairweather attended the glamorous fundraising dinner with her son Tony Fairweather, and was particularly excited to meet Bolt on what was her 90th birthday.

“She attended with her friend, Ms Betsy Sterling and I, and she was overwhelmed by the generosity of The Voice and JN Bank,” says Tony.

“She came to the event, posed for some pictures and was interviewed by The Voice but the best part was meeting Bolt.”

Tony said that his mother has been watching Bolt’s rise since he was a young boy and was excited to meet her favourite sports star.

“She was overwhelmed when meeting Bolt and happy when he took a picture with her and wished her happy birthday,” recalls Tony.


Olga was born in Jamaica and came to the UK after the Second World War. Her late husband and Tony’s father, Mr. IE Fairweather came to the UK during the war and laid some impressive ground during his time here.

“My father was a founder of the Ex-Servicemen Club in Clapham and Balham Sports Club – the only black-owned Jamaican club, which he was a part of for 47 years,” says Tony.

He added that his mother is a JN Bank account holder and avid reader of The Voice.

“Her energy level was huge at the event,” says Tony.

“I could see the youth in her eyes –she was like a little kid in a candy shop.”

Guests came up to Olga wishing her a happy birthday, and she thoroughly enjoyed her time at the event on July 16.

“She said to her granddaughter that this is the best birthday she ever had,” he enthused.

“After meeting the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Usain Bolt was by far her favourite person to meet.”

The charity dinner and auction, which took place at the Dorchester Hotel, was a huge success, raising over £40,000 for Racers Track Club.

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