Kitty celebrating her birthday at Abbeyfields.
A resident of Abbeyfields in Basildon, which provides sheltered housing for the over 65s was treated to a pub lunch last week after turning a remarkable 104 years old.
Kitty lives in one of the family homes, The Octagon, and is Abbeyfield’s most senior resident.
To help her celebrate, residents, staff, volunteers and friends joined Kitty at Billericay’s Duke of York pub for lunch.
“It was fish and chips for us all at the Duke of York. On Saturday (January 27), my big day, I just had to have a big party, 25 of us, family, friends and staff, it was very special, we had a great time. Thank you everyone, I’m looking forward to 105.”
On the Saturday of her actual birthday, staff also put on an afternoon tea for Kitty.
Residents, family and friends attended and her son supplied the bubbly so that she could celebrate in style.
To celebrate turning 104, Kitty gave a potted history of her life so far, she said: “I was born in January 1914, brought up in Peabody Buildings, East London.
“Mum did office cleaning and other jobs. Dad worked in the Docks. We used to take Sunday roasts to the bakers to be done in the oven, milk came by horse and cart, we took a jug to be filled.
“I left school and did different jobs, married, had a daughter, but sadly my husband died when I was 23 and life was difficult.”
Six years later I married Ken, we had two sons. Later on I got a job at Ford, where Ken was working. We both retired in the 1960s. “