Beatrice celebrates 102nd birthday with friends family and cake

Alvington House residents always enjoy a good party but there was real cause for merriment when Beatrice Ely celebrated her 102nd birthday.

Although she knew a party was on the cards, Beatrice didn’t expect that quite so many family members and friends would turn up to help mark the occasion – around 20 of them.

The centrepiece of the birthday tea was a beautiful pink, blue and white iced cake decorated with two teacups. It makes one wonder how many cups of tea Beatrice must have consumed during her long and eventful life. Born in Pimlico during the First World War, Beatrice went on to become a professional dressmaker, creating lots of wedding dresses for happy brides over the years.

Alvington House manager, Carol Pierce says Beatrice is quite a character. “She has a lovely sense of humour and a wonderful, positive outlook on life. She goes to Age Concern twice a week and she loves it. She still reads a lot – Danielle Steel is one of her favourites plus she is an avid watcher of Emmerdale.

“We all had a lovely day at her party. Beatrice, affectionately known as Bea, was so happy and surprised that so many friends and relatives were able to be there, including some of her nine great grandchildren. She is an inspiration to us all.”