14th Nov, 2018

Happy birthday! Super Redditch centenarian Hilda celebrates 110 years

Ross Crawford 15th Mar, 2018

SUPER Redditch centenarian Hilda Clulow celebrated her 110th birthday at Bowood Court & Mews Care Home yesterday, Thursday.

Hilda, believed to be the seventh oldest person in Britain, was born in Selly Park on March 15, 1908.

A former dressmaker, Hilda worked in factory in Balsall Heath from the age of 16 until she retired at aged 60.

She fondly remembers friends and neighbours bringing her material to make them dresses in her back room.

She also loved to holiday in Blackpool and Cornwall and her room at Bowood Court & Mews is decorated with pieces of Cornish artwork.

Hilda spent super special day with loved ones at a tea party being held in her honour at Bowood Court & Mews Care Home, where she has lived for three years.

She even had a visit from Borough Mayor Jenny Wheeler to mark the occasion.

“We are thrilled to help Hilda and her family celebrate this momentous milestone,” said Breda Goulding, Bowood Court & Mews manager.

“We are very honoured to have a super-centenarian among us, it really is quite an achievement.

“Hilda is a lovely lady, we are all so happy for her.”

Hilda was the third oldest of six children and is sadly the only surviving sibling.

She married her husband, Arthur, in 1937 and they enjoyed taking rides on their tandem together.

She is also a great grandmother of six.

Hilda said: “I’m very happy to be 110 but when you get to my age, it’s just a number isn’t it?

“I’ve had a lovely day and seen lots of old photos, my memory isn’t quite what it was, but I don’t do too bad!

“I’m not one for fuss, but it is nice from time to time!” she added.

1908 Facts:

1) The Boy Scout movement was founded

2) The first ever Children’s Encyclopaedia was published

3) London hosted both the summer and winter Olympic games

4) The ‘Hoover’ was invented

5) In 1908 a loaf of bread cost 1p, a dozen eggs 5p and a pound of meat 4p while a stamp would cost you one half pence.

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