31 July 2016

A resident at a sheltered housing scheme was thrown a surprise birthday party to mark her 100th birthday.

Staff and residents at Painted Fabrics in the Older Persons Independent Living Team area organised the party for Miss Hetty Peace to make sure she celebrated her birthday in style.

The newly appointed Lord Mayor, Councillor Denise Fox, attended the party on Thursday 19 May on what was her first official engagement.

Miss Peace, who has lived in sheltered housing for almost 10 years, was presented with a new TV from residents and a bunch of flowers from the Lord Mayor. She said: “I had no idea that anything had been organised & could have not been more surprised to see the Lord Mayor at my birthday party. I was deeply touched by the kindness & generosity of all my friends who made the arrangements as well as the lovely gifts”.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Denise Fox, said: “It was a pleasure to attend Hetty’s party as my first official engagement and I’d like to thank her, her friends and the staff at Painted Fabrics for welcoming me.

“Hetty was completely surprised by the party and touched by the effort that the staff and her friends had gone to”.

“It was lovely to see how much the people there cared about each other and wanted to throw Hetty the party she deserved. I would like to wish her all the best again for the future.”

Miss Peace also received a birthday message from Her Majesty the Queen congratulating her on her 100th birthday.