Hove great, great grandmother celebrates 103rd birthday

Posted On 07 Nov 2018 at 1:47 pm

Kathleen Dilley blows the candles out on her 103rd birthday cake

Great, great grandmother Kathleen Dilley has celebrated her 103rd birthday with a poignant message to younger generations to “appreciate peace time”.

Kathleen was born in 1915, just after the start of the First World War, in Richmond, West London. Her family then moved to Stoke Newington where she grew up. Kathleen enjoyed a career in finance and eventually met her husband, got married and had two children.

After the Second World War, Kathleen volunteered as a patient transport ambulance driver for the elderly. She did this from the age of 30 until she was 75.

She now lives at RMBI Home Barford Court in Hove.

When asked if she has any life lessons or advice to share with young people, Kathleen, said: “The possibilities of what can be achieved during peace time are endless. I would urge younger generations to appreciate peace time.”

Kathleen celebrated her birthday with a special afternoon tea with fellow residents and staff at the mome, enjoying lots of gifts and flowers.

Home manager, Deidre Johnson said: “Kathleen is a truly remarkable woman and it was a privilege to celebrate her 103rd birthday at our home.”

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