A very, very big birthday was always on the cards for Katie Chamberlain.
The grand old lady has longevity in her genes ... and she’s been a life-long home-cook.
She was one of eight children, five girls and three boys, and they all lived to be oldDaughter Jill Lock
Katie reached her 102nd birthday on Friday at the Mayfield Residential Home in Holbeach, where she celebrated with family, fellow residents and friends.
Her daughter, Jill Lock, says: “She was one of eight children, five girls and three boys, and they all lived to be old.
“All of the girls lived well into their 90s.
“All of them cooked good, fresh food every day, they had no takeaways, and I think that must be something to do with their long lives – and genes, I suppose.”
Lewisham-born Mrs Chamberlain moved to Long Sutton about 20 years ago and lived in sheltered housing at Fleet to be near her daughter for a little while before moving into the Holbeach residential home when she was aged 99.
Mrs Lock says her mum left school with a friend and they went to work in a factory making shuttlecocks for badminton.
She believes her mum didn’t work after her marriage to David, a mechanical engineer.
Mrs Lock said: “She was of that generation where the wife was at home and the husband went to work.”
Mrs Chamberlain has two grandsons, Neil, who lives in Leicestershire, and Matthew, who lives in Tasmania.
She had a celebration on Friday, another on Sunday with her daughter and Neil – and a third on Monday when Mayfield residents went to the WI Hall in Holbeach for an old time music hall sing-along.
Dawn Bishop, a supervisory senior at Mayfield, said Mrs Chamberlain is a lovely lady who enjoys chatting to staff and residents as well as playing cards and dominoes.
She said the outing to the old time music hall was another of Mrs Chamberlain’s “birthday treats”.