Search

‘Fiercely independent’ centenarian celebrates 100th birthday in lockdown

PUBLISHED: 11:26 07 May 2020 | UPDATED: 11:26 07 May 2020

The surprise celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of Myrtle Jennings on May 3 at her home in north Lowestoft. Pictures: Donna Fordham

The surprise celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of Myrtle Jennings on May 3 at her home in north Lowestoft. Pictures: Donna Fordham

Archant

It was a memorable occasion as songs were played and a special centenary was celebrated amid the continuing coronavirus crisis.

The surprise celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of Myrtle Jennings on May 3 at her home in north Lowestoft. Pictures: Donna FordhamThe surprise celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of Myrtle Jennings on May 3 at her home in north Lowestoft. Pictures: Donna Fordham

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.

The surprise celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of Myrtle Jennings on May 3 at her home in north Lowestoft. Pictures: Donna FordhamThe surprise celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of Myrtle Jennings on May 3 at her home in north Lowestoft. Pictures: Donna Fordham

“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.

The surprise celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of Myrtle Jennings on May 3 at her home in north Lowestoft. Pictures: Donna FordhamThe surprise celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of Myrtle Jennings on May 3 at her home in north Lowestoft. Pictures: Donna Fordham

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.”

You may also want to watch:


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Eastern Daily Press. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the Eastern Daily Press