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Surbiton great-grandmother celebrates 100th birthday 

A Surbiton resident celebrated her 100th birthday with a tea party last month.  

Royal Star & Garter helped the great-grandmother celebrate her birthday on May 30, 2024, with a small number of family and friends.

Mary cuts into her birthday cake (Photo credit: Royal Star & Garter)

Christian vocalist, JP Christian, was invited to perform for her and the other residents. 

A few days later Mary enjoyed a large family gathering at The Petersham Hotel in Richmond.

When asked about the day, she said: “The tea party at Royal Star & Garter was absolutely lovely, the Home pulled out all the stops.  

“The party at The Petersham was also excellent. 

“Both events were perfect, and I enjoyed every moment.” 

Mary’s card from Their Majesties The King and Queen, and her birthday cake (Photo credit: Royal Star & Garter)

Bristol-born Mary worked as a comptometer operator at the start of the Second World War. 

Mary was born in Bristol on May 30, 1924. She was working as a comptometer operator when WWII broke out in 1939, and married her husband Roy, who was serving in the Navy, in April 1944, shortly before he took part in the D-Day landings.

After leaving the Navy, Roy worked in the Civil Service for the Admiralty, with the family moving around the country and living in Malta for three years.

After retiring, the couple settled in Bath, but Mary moved to London to be closer to her children after Roy died in 2014. She moved to Royal Star & Garter in 2023.

Mary, aged 20 (Photo credit: Royal Star & Garter)

Royal Star & Garter provides living, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia, from Homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe.

Royal Star & Garter in Surbiton is welcoming new residents. For more information on this, the new services it has launched, or to work at the Home, go to www.starandgarter.org/surbiton

All images courtesy of Royal Star & Garter, with thanks

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