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Cheers! Beatrice Turns 103

Thursday 11 November 2010, 16:15
By Western Gazette

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A former convenience store owner and the oldest resident at a Wincanton nursing home is celebrating after reaching her 103rd birthday.

Beatrice McWean celebrated the milestone with friends and family at a party last week laid on by staff at the Elroi Manor nursing home on West Hill. A nephew even flew in from Canada to deliver a birthday card in person.

Although suffering from dementia, Mrs McWean was still able to enjoy the day and toasted her long life with a glass of champagne.

Care home manager Bis Oozageer said the special birthday was a tremendous achievement. "To reach such a grand age is exceptional and Beattie is still as vocal as ever, despite her age, and is one of the loudest residents we have here," he said.

"It is amazing to think of the changes she has seen and lived through in her life and it is her stubbornness that has helped her live so long, I think."

Mrs McWean ran a Spar shop in Winchester with her husband Bill, whom she married in 1935 but who died 30 years ago. Born in Staines in 1907, the centenarian has lived through two world wars. She was born into a family with six brothers and sisters and for many years lived in Zeals where she worked in the village post office until well into her 80s.

Article first published in the Western Gazette




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