Patient's unforgettable birthday

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 March, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 March, 2002, 12:00am

A woman with terminal cancer joined in the celebrations at City Hall's 40th birthday party yesterday along with 35 others born on March 2, 1962 - the day the hall opened.

The party, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, was part of a series of celebrations commemorating the opening of the Central landmark.

Among the guests was Lung Chan Kam-ti, who was diagnosed as having liver cancer last August.

'Perhaps this is my last birthday. But this is also the most unforgettable birthday party I ever had as I can celebrate with so many people,' said Mrs Lung.

The mother of two said she had about a 30 per cent chance of survival, but if she overcame the illness she might return to City Hall every year.

Leung Chak Kit-ying, another guest, said she thought City Hall was a romantic venue as it was where she got married. But she also cherishes it for another reason.

'Over a third of my family reunion pictures have been taken at City Hall. I sometimes come here to refresh joyful memories.'

The Government has decided to preserve City Hall under a revised Central reclamation plan.