A card from the King, birthday party with a visit from the mayor, music from the Salvation Army and a trip to Ramsgate’s RNLI lifeboat house are all on the agenda for 100th birthday celebrations today (April 25).
Ramsgate resident Kathleen Warner will be marking the milestone birthday in style along with friends and staff and residents at Brenan House residential home.
Kath was born in Canvey Island, an only child, in April 1923.
As a young woman she moved to London where she joined the civil service and was a courier taking important papers to and from Parliament and Number 10. Her love of walking was a great asset for keeping fit and weightlifting at the local gym also kept her trim.
Kath is well known in Ramsgate and has been a stalwart supporter of the town’s RNLI and Salvation Army.
Last year The Salvation Army band played Happy Birthday in the garden of Brenan House as they were unable to enter due to covid restrictions.
This year Kath will again be treated to a performance by the band and she will be going around Ramsgate harbour to visit the lifeboat house to receive a thank you for all her contributions and a birthday cake.
Head of care Katrina Kavanagh said: “Kathleen is having a big do and we have put up banners and birthday things for her and she has her tiara!
“Her best friend Laurel will be here and our other residents and I think she will have a lovely time.
“She is a lovely lady, she loves going out with Laurel she likes joining in all the activities and is still very able.
“She’s very quiet and polite and always very thankful. It is a pleasure to have her here.”
Kathleen was delighted to be invited to Ramsgate RNLI station, along with her close friend Laurel, where she was treated to birthday cake, and a glass of champagne and given presents and cards.
Everyone sang Happy Birthday and station Chairman Eric Burton said a few word of thanks for her support.
The year Kathleen was born – 1923
King George V was on the throne.
The Prime Minister was Bonar Law (Conservative) and the Stanley Baldwin (Conservative)
26 April – Wedding of Prince Albert, Duke of York, and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) in Westminster Abbey
31 July – Liquor Act makes it illegal to sell alcoholic beverages to under-18s.
31 December – the BBC broadcasts the chimes of Big Ben for the first time.