A very special lady at a Holbeach nursing home has every right to ask “where have all the years gone?”
Hilda Millett celebrated her 106th birthday on Sunday knowing she just might be the oldest person living in South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings.
Born in Leeds in May 1908, Hilda was alive at the same time as King Edward VII was on the throne, Herbert Asquith was Prime Minister and the UK hosted its first Olympic Games in London.
Hilda, now living at Mayfield Residential Home, Fleet Street, Holbeach, said: “I’ve had a very good and very interesting life, I was married to a very good and generous husband called Harry Millett and it’s unbelievable that I’m still here now.
“Even the Queen has remembered me because I had a birthday card from her.
“I don’t know where the time has gone and where all the years have gone, but I’ve been very lucky in my life and with my family.”
Hilda, who has a son, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, worked in a Leeds department store for 12 years before marrying her husband in 1937 and moving to Scunthorpe two years later.
The Milletts eventually settled in South Holland after Harry retired as an industrial chemist in 1970, living in Long Sutton where Harry died in 1998.
Hilda was unable to give away any secrets to her long life, but some clues lie in the fact that her grandmother lived to be 102 and her “very long and happy” marriage.
Susan White, activities coordinator at Mayfield Residential Home wher Hilda has lived since 2012, said: “She’s a unique and very interesting lady who is full of stories.”