‘Fiercely independent’ centenarian celebrates 100th birthday in lockdown
PUBLISHED: 11:26 07 May 2020 | UPDATED: 11:26 07 May 2020
It was a memorable occasion as songs were played and a special centenary was celebrated amid the continuing coronavirus crisis.
Only days after Colonel Tom’s 100th birthday celebrations, Myrtle Jennings – nee Gladwell – of Lowestoft marked that same milestone.
Mrs Jennings was born on May 3, 1920 and was the second daughter of Beatrice and Fredrick Herbert Gladwell, known as Herbie, who had three daughters and a son.
Her great niece Donna Fordham said: “My Great Aunt lives in her own home in north Lowestoft.
“She married her childhood sweetheart Stanley Jennings and has survived him.
“Myrtle is fiercely independent and still lives in her own home assisted by a team of carers from Manor Court.”
Last Sunday, May 3 Anne Baxter – one of Mrs Jennings’ carers – and Irene Summerfield, who used to care for Myrtle, rallied a team of carers to assemble a 100th birthday banner in her garden.
Family and neighbours were invited to join in, as Mrs Jennings was surprised with a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘We’ll Meet Again.’
With Mrs Jennings watching on from her window, she joined in to sing ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain’ as her great niece Donna Fordham played the ukulele and sung to her.
Donna Fordham said: “Cards and presents were opened as she celebrated with a cake made especially for her, while sipping tea from the comfort of her lounge.
“Her card from The Queen was proudly displayed on her mantlepiece.”
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