More than four dozen friends surprised Cynthia Tilkin recently for her 80th birthday celebration at Village Pizzeria. The party was organized by staff for her store, In The Country. Surrounding the birthday gal (wearing the crown) are Fiorella Coleman (left), Suzanne Dobrin, Kitty Walker (right of Tilkin) and Susanne La Chasse (far right). (Photo provided)

More than four dozen friends surprised Cynthia Tilkin recently for her 80th birthday celebration at Village Pizzeria. The party was organized by staff for her store, In The Country. Surrounding the birthday gal (wearing the crown) are Fiorella Coleman (left), Suzanne Dobrin, Kitty Walker (right of Tilkin) and Susanne La Chasse (far right). (Photo provided)

Cynthia Tilkin celebrates milestone with surprising number of admirers

‘The dynamo is still going strong at age 80’

Pulling off a surprise party for a person with dozens of friends and admirers isn’t easy.

But Langley locals succeeded March 13 when they jammed into Village Pizzeria to celebrate Cynthia Tilkin’s 80th birthday.

Tilkin is a longtime Langley resident, business woman and business booster.

She’s owned her woman’s clothing and home decor store, In the Country, since the early 1980s. Set in a charming vintage yellow and white cottage, the First Street store is known for both its picturesque exterior and distinct merchandise inside. Tilkin is known as a energetic go-getter and trend setter.

Tilkin’s store staff organized the celebration.

“Cynthia was utterly surprised,” said Sharen Heath, a neighbor on First Street who frequently shops at Tilkin’s store.

Tilkin’s love for Langley can be seen in many places, Heath said, beginning with the large hand-painted road sign on Highway 525 approaching Langley Road that points the way to the Village by the Sea.

“She’s a true lady, beloved by the community,” added Heath. “The dynamo is still going strong. I had no idea she was anywhere near 80. What is her secret?”

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