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Care home resident celebrates 111th birthday

Published: 26 August 2020

Ethel is Surrey's oldest resident

Happy birthday to Surrey's oldest resident Ethel, who turned 111 last month at her care home in Ash Vale.

To mark Ethel's extraordinary birthday, she and other residents at Surrey County Council's Abbeywood care home enjoyed a tea party, and was later joined by the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Pat Tedder. Ethel's great-grandson Ollie, also marked her special day by playing bagpipes outside the care home for her to enjoy.

BBC Radio Surrey recently spoke to Ethel about how it feels to be the oldest person in Surrey and the 7th oldest person in the UK. Ethel shares her secret on hitting 111 years old: "I've taken everything in my stride, the highs and lows." She continues by praising her care home, "I've been all over the world, and I've ended up in this lovely home, where everyone is falling over themselves for me, giving me everything I want."

Sinead Mooney, Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, said: "I'd like to wish Ethel a very happy 111th birthday, and I hope she continues to enjoy many more happy years at our Abbeywood care home in Ash Vale. "It's heart-warming to hear how happy Ethel is at her care home, and I'd like to thank our staff for enabling Ethel and other residents continue to live a safely and as independently as possible."

You can listen to Ethel who is joined by her granddaughter on the BBC Radio Surrey website (available at 1:54:40).

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