December 10 2013 Latest news:
by Hayley Anderson, Reporter
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Families and friends popped the bubbly for three women as they celebrated reaching a combined lifetime of more than 300 years.
A Gidea Park woman and two residents of a Hornchurch care home have rejoiced at turning 100, 103 and 106.
Jean Seabrook celebrated her 100th birthday last week with a tea party with friends and family at the De Rougemont Manor Hotel in Great Warley.
Her son-in-law David Tee, a Brentvvood councillor, said: “It was a really great day and the weather was really beautiful for us.”
Guests included Havering mayor Cllr Eric Munday and his wife Peggy, who used to be a dinner lady with Jean in the 1970s at Gidea Park Primary School.
Jean received a card from the Queen and a letter of congratulations from Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary.
Cllr Tee added: “She was very pleased to see people she used to know from the Gidea Park Methodist Church at the party.”
At Moreland House Care Home, in Manor Avenue, Margaret Bines celebrated her 103rd birthday and Gladys Coulson turned 106.
Margaret likes to waltz and both love bingo and sing-a-longs. Margaret said: “I love the atmosphere at the home and enjoy the food and activities.”
Family, friends and care home staff joined in the celebrations and the pair were visited by Romford MP Andrew Rosindell.
An accomplice to a gang of cold-calling builders who took an 87-year-old Upminster man for £64,000 has been jailed for 18 months for money laundering.