Nursing home celebrates two 100th birthdays in a week
PUBLISHED: 16:02 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 26 October 2009
NOT one but two remarkable women celebrated their milestone 100th birthday at the same nursing home in a space of a week. Hilda Talbot was the first to celebrate her birthday on Wednesday last week – followed by Doris Frost marking hers yesterday (Wednesd
NOT one but two remarkable women celebrated their milestone 100th birthday at the same nursing home in a space of a week.
Hilda Talbot was the first to celebrate her birthday on Wednesday last week - followed by Doris Frost marking hers yesterday (Wednesday).
Both women live at Bonnington House, St Christopher's Nursing Home in Hatfield.
A party was held on each of the days where family, residents, staff, Welwyn Hatfield mayor Carl Storer and Hatfield town mayor Mick Clark joined in the fun.
A retired legal secretary, Hilda lived on her own up until the age of 97 in Stevenage, until she had a fall and was moved to Bonnington House.
Her niece, Sue Bateman, 57, was at the party.
She said: "It was a lovely day she was in good humour, which was a bonus.
"The home did a marvellous job and the hobby team, who organise activities and crafts at the home, put up banners and balloons to mark the occasion."
Doris, a retired accountant, lived at Guessens Court, Guessens Road, moved into Bonnington House just six months ago.
Her niece in-law, Shirley Kenyon, organised the cake for the party and would do Doris' shopping once she became too ill to do it.
The 72-year-old from Welwyn said: "I think it is fantastic that Doris has reached this milestone birthday.
"She has out-done the whole family and lived the longest and I think this is because she has always been an independent lady."
Both women were delighted to have received their telegraph from the Queen.
Mandy Jackson, general manager at St Christopher's, has worked at the home for 13 years.
She said: "We have had several 100th birthdays but never two in one week.
"They are truly two amazing women, real characters.
"It has been lovely to see all their families hear and great to see the mayors attend.