Gelorup family celebrates with a drive-by birthday party

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Birthday girl Abigail Lowke, 7, with her grandmother Kay Hancey and brother Brock Lowke, 5.
Camera IconBirthday girl Abigail Lowke, 7, with her grandmother Kay Hancey and brother Brock Lowke, 5. Credit: Ailish Delaney/Bunbury Herald

With birthday parties on the list of banned social gatherings, families have had to get inventive with ways to celebrate milestones.

One family in Gelorup rallied the community to celebrate their daughter’s seventh birthday at the weekend with a drive-by party, where friends and families shouted their greetings from car windows as they did a lap of the street.

Birthday girl Abigail Lowke was all smiles as she waved at her friends and family.

“I thought I’d just see my friends on the computer,” Abigail said.

“I didn’t expect so many people to come.”

Abigail’s mum Tarynn Lowke said celebrating Abigail’s birthday was not even a question and they were always going to find a way to have fun.

“Abigail is really missing her friends but she isn’t a fan of FaceTime — she needs to see her friends to reconnect,” she said.

Having bought a lot of party supplies already we decided to do a drive through party and give our guests a mini party experience. I didn’t expect everyone to get so into it.

Tarynn Lowke

Friends and family decorated their cars with streamers and balloons, and Abigail was even treated to a happy birthday from firemen as they drove by in their truck.

“Good things are still worth celebrating and we all need a bit of fun and laughter at the moment,” Mrs Lowke said.

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