9th February 2017

Kathleen Celebrates Her 100th Birthday at The Manor House, Barnard Castle

Mrs Kathleen Thompson celebrated her 100th birthday on 8 February at The Manor House care home in Barnard Castle.

The Mayor of Barnard Castle Councillor John Blisset presented Kathleen with a bouquet of flowers and friends and family enjoyed a special birthday afternoon tea.

Born in Stoke on Trent, Kathleen trained to be a pharmacist. During the war she worked at the Royal Ordnance factory in Bridgwater testing explosives. She then met and married William, an officer in the Marines who was originally from South Shields, and the couple returned to settle in the North East.

As well as bringing up a family Kathleen used to breed and show dogs, she was a member of the Mothers’ Union and served on her church committee. Her interests have also included painting in oils and watercolours and watching cricket, which she still enjoys.

Kim Whelan, manager of The Manor House said: “Kathleen loves to talk about her adventures and interests over the years, and attributes long life to multi-tasking.

“We're very proud to be part of her life."

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