lady who needed to have a good time her a centesimal birthday with out her household final yr due to the pandemic was given a shock reunion with them for her one hundred and first.
Lily Thornett couldn’t see her solely son, Brian Thornett, when she reached her century final June as a result of he couldn’t journey over from his residence within the US.
However Brian and his spouse Suzanne pulled out all of the stops to be there for her birthday on June 24 this yr, flying in early to make sure there was time to quarantine earlier than seeing her.
She mentioned: “It was so pretty to see my household once more. It was a really big day and we had a whole lot of enjoyable.”
The household had been handled to a particular birthday cake and had been entertained by an Elvis impersonator.
Natasha King, residence supervisor at Heather View, mentioned: “It was a really emotional day for Lily, however the smile on her face when she was reunited along with her household mentioned all of it.
“We at all times wish to throw an enormous celebration for celebrations, however we knew this one needed to be additional particular – so we invited an Elvis impersonator to the house and adorned the backyard to make it the proper celebration location.”
Born in London in 1920, Ms Thornett was a milliner after leaving faculty and was set to go to Paris to coach in 1939 till the struggle broke out and scuppered her plans.
She was a phone operator at Greenwich City Corridor throughout the struggle, earlier than marrying husband Victor in 1942 and welcoming their solely little one Brian later that yr.