Maude becomes fourth Sheringham nursing home resident to hit 100 - so what’s in the water?

Sheringham 100-year-old Maude Hewitt with (back from left) fellow centenarian Frances Stephen, 101-y

Sheringham 100-year-old Maude Hewitt with (back from left) fellow centenarian Frances Stephen, 101-year-old Marjorie Temple, Kingsgate Nursing Home owner Ginny Taylor and Isabella Bateman, 100. Photo: Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

A trio of Sheringham grandmothers who, between them, have clocked up 301 birthdays, helped a fellow nursing home resident celebrate her own 100-year milestone, with a party complete with cake, balloons and roast turkey dinner.

Maude Hewitt, who moved to Kingsgate Nursing Home from Beeston Regis 13 years ago, shares her centenarian status with Isabella Bateman and Frances Stephen, both 100, and Marjorie Temple, 101.

'I might be 100, but I feel exactly the same as I did when I was 99,' Mrs Hewitt said.

Born in the Northamptonshire town of Wellingborough, where her father ran a boot and shoe factory, Mrs Hewitt worked as a shop assistant after leaving school in 1929.

She met future husband Ralph on her half-day off and the couple began playing tennis together.

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After getting married in 1937, they moved to the Isle of Wight, where Ralph worked as a steel buyer for a shipyard.

When her husband retired, Mrs Hewitt was keen to return to north Norfolk, where she had enjoyed childhood holidays.

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'Sheringham means a lot to me,' she explained.

'My parents even had their honeymoon at the Burlington Hotel.'

After Ralph died in 1999, Mrs Hewitt, who has four grandchildren, continued to live at their Briton's Lane home until moving to Kingsgate in North Street, where she keeps busy by reading, doing word puzzles and watching sport on television.

Guests at Saturday's party included friends, fellow residents and her son Henry.

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