Worthing centenarian celebrated 100th birthday with wartime songs

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A BIRTHDAY tea and a concert of wartime songs was how one Worthing centenarian celebrated her big day.

Elizabeth Curnock, who lives at the Rosemary Mount care home in Chesswood Road, marked turning 100 surrounded by fellow residents, friends and care home staff, who enjoyed a birthday tea and a medley of war-time songs by a live singer.

Elizabeth also received a visit from mayor of Worthing Ann Barlow, who arrived to wish her many happy returns.

Elizabeth was born in Stamford Bridge in London on March 29, 1912, and was an only child. During her working life, Elizabeth looked after children, and was later a receptionist in hotels. During the Second World War, she made balloons and packed parachutes for the Royal Air Force.

Elizabeth met her husband Clive 10 years before the war, owning an inn together in East Grinstead, and moving to Worthing when they retired.

After her husband died, Elizabeth continued to live on her own, and finally moved to Rosemary Mount care home 25 years ago.

Rosemary Mount secretary Pam Evans said: “Elizabeth remains a happy person and is quite independent. She still enjoys crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and is very good at sewing – she is still able to do a lot of needle work. She is a very popular lady and has many friends, and is a very sprightly woman.

“She is really enjoying life at the moment, and we love having her here at Rosemary Mount.”