March 10 2014 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
For one Romford woman, 104 is the new 100 after she celebrated the milestone birthday with friends and family on Monday.
Sprightly Hilda Wright spent her special day at the Advinia Care Home, in Priory Road, where she has lived since February.
She was treated to a cake and a bunch of flowers from the home and received presents and cards from her loved ones, who include nine grandchildren.
Her son Malcolm Wright, 71, said: “It was very good. My mum tends to sleep most of the time but she was in high spirits, laughing and having a good time.”
Before taking up residence in the home, Hilda, who was born in Dalston, Hackney, lived in Lodge Avenue, Gidea Park, for 36 years. She moved to the area after the death of her husband Dudley, a retired plasterer.
The couple first lived in Whetstone, north London, where Hilda worked as a cleaner, before moving to Clacton, Essex, two years before Dudley died.
During the Second World War, Dudley was in the London Fire Brigade, while Hilda looked after Malcolm and his siblings Derek, now 82, Beryl, now 78, and Gordon, who died at the age of 78.
Malcolm, who lives in Tiptree, Essex, said: “She’s had a hard life, but we always had food on the table and were well looked after.
“She’s partially blind now and very deaf, but she still has her [mental] faculties.She doesn’t have dementia or anything.
“She still has her hair and nails done – she likes to keep presentable.”
Carla Sanders, manager of the care home, added: “It’s been a real pleasure to look after Hilda.
“She’s amazing for 104. She still walks around with her frame, and she is a real inspiration.”