Remarkable woman marks 110th birthday

Big day ... Sudbury mayor Anthony Platt, together with his wife Lesley Ford Platt, present Kathleen Grimwood with a bouquet of flowers on her 110th birthday.
Big day ... Sudbury mayor Anthony Platt, together with his wife Lesley Ford Platt, present Kathleen Grimwood with a bouquet of flowers on her 110th birthday.
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SHE shares the same birth year as Hollywood actor Clarke Gable and novelist Barbara Cartland.

And, in 1901 when she was born, Winston Churchill was giving his maiden speech in the House of Commons.

Sudbury’s oldest resident, Kathleen Grimwood, celebrated her 110th birthday on Friday and is now officially what is known as a supercentenarian.

Her grandniece Judy Darlington said: “She had a really lovely time and enjoyed her birthday, with lots of visitors popping in to see her, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

“I would say about 30 people, a mixture of friends and family and carers stopped by, including her cousin who came all the way from Australia, and Mary Lee, who is in her 70s and who Kathleen is godmother to.

“There were four generations present, the youngest being my son George who is 13, and my father Martin Grimwood.

“The postman came at 11.30am with her message from The Queen but this year she didn’t kiss him.

“She was quite tired by the afternoon, so she had to have a nap before taking any more visitors. She had chocolate birthday cake with the number 110 on to it.”

Birthday celebrations for Miss Grimwood, who still lives in her own home in The Croft, started at the annual St Gregory’s Church traditional garden fete two weeks’ ago. She regularly attends Sunday service and always enjoys the fete like a big birthday party – she has never missed one.

For the full story see last week’s Free Press.