Two turn 100 at residential home

100 year olds  Katie Chamberlain and Dot Walpole
100 year olds Katie Chamberlain and Dot Walpole

Two popular members of the Mayfield Residential Home in Holbeach celebrated their 100th birthdays last week.

Katie Chamberlain marked the milestone at the care home on Wednesday, when family and friends joined her for a birthday tea party which included singing songs all the residents knew and could sing along to.

Other members of the care home joined together in song with organs and keyboards in celebration of both the birthdays.

Dot Walpole, who reached 100 on Friday, celebrated by going out for lunch with her family and friends, including her six children, 30 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Mrs Chamberlain, who was born in Lewisham, was married to the late David.

She spent her days involved in pressing copper boards for advertisements and believes that her secret to living her long and prosperous life is “a bit of hard work” as well as long life being “in her genes”.

Mrs Walpole, widow of Reg, was born in Lutton and spent her life in Terrington St Clement. She owned her own small holding growing and selling fruit and vegetables to Covent Garden.

Both women were delighted to receive their telegram from the Queen .