Potters Bar woman celebrates 106th birthday

Maud Bailey with her son Eric Bailey. Picture: Supplied.

Maud Bailey with her son Eric Bailey. Picture: Supplied.

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A Potters Bar woman has celebrated her 106th birthday surrounded by her loved ones who put her long life down to her healthy lifestyle.

Maud Bailey in the 1980s. Picture: Supplied.Maud Bailey in the 1980s. Picture: Supplied.

Maud Bailey was joined by her family, friends and staff at Mayfair Lodge care home to celebrate on Wednesday, January 17, but officially turned 106 on January 5.

Described as ‘one of Mayfair Lodge’s characters’ by the staff Maud moved into the care home in October 2014.

Her father served during WWI, after which he began driving a horse-drawn ambulance to provide for Maud, her five sisters and four brothers.

Named after her two Aunts, Florence and Maud, her full name is Florence Maud Bailey but prefers to go by her middle name after growing close with her Aunt Maud during her regular visits.

The pair became close because Maud was always fascinated by her aunt’s tales of working in the fashion industry in the West End.

Maud’s first job was a position as a machinist, a vocation she said she highly enjoyed and worked until the age of 75.

She met her late husband, Stanley, as a young woman and the two were married on Christmas Day in 1938.

Their 65 years of marriage gave them two sons, Eric and Chris, who have since given them a granddaughter, great-granddaughter and great-grandson.

Eric, who joined his mother for her birthday celebrations, is one of the world-famous Brockett Babies as Maud was evacuated to Brockett Hall where he was delivered during the Second World War.

The couple raised their children in their home in Stoke Newington, where they remained throughout their lives.

Maud continued to live there alone after Stanley passed until she moved into Mayfair Lodge at 103-years-old.

Her family say her age comes down to always following a healthy lifestyle and are not surprised that she’s had such a long life.

Home manager Jackie Makwangwala said: “The day Maud moved in was just after she had stayed in hospital but she quickly made herself a fixture in the home.

“She still enjoys visits from her family and is one of Mayfair Lodge’s characters, never shy about making herself heard and always game for a laugh.”

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