Hartlepool girls celebrate 100th birthdays

Care home resident Kathleen Mordaunt with niece and nephew Kathleen and Arthur Fowler.

Care home resident Kathleen Mordaunt with niece and nephew Kathleen and Arthur Fowler.

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Birthday girls Kathleen Mordaunt and Doris Patterson celebrated their 100th birthdays surrounded by family and friends.

The centenarians enjoyed separate parties thrown for them by relatives at the weekend to mark their special days.

Kathleen celebrated at Clifton House Care Home in Clifton Avenue, Hartlepool, on Saturday, while Doris celebrated at Shotton Hall in Peterlee with a surprise bash.

Kathleen was so popular and received so many presents she was still opening them yesterday.

Lisa Judson, care home manager, said: “Kathleen had a lovely day, she received so many presents and cards.

“She even have visitors coming all of the way from Wales to see her.”

Kathleen, who never married, has outlived her two sisters and brother, but does have a large extended family.

Every day her niece and nephew Kath and Arthur Fowler come and visit.

During the war she worked in service as a cook and a children’s minder.

She was later employed at the town’s salt works, Cerebos, and also worked as a barmaid before retiring in her fifties.

Lisa said: “Kathleen came to us in January 2014, following a fall. 
“She loves one–to–one interaction with staff and she likes it when we sing she’ll join in and wave her harms. Kathleen also loves to reminisce and she really enjoys a port and lemon.”

Doris was as equally popular - with around 100 friends and family turning out to celebrate with her.

Born in Easington Colliery on September 27, 1915, Doris worked as a financial assistant on leaving school before marrying Francis Patterson on October 10, 1936, aged 21.

She became a mother to Frank on July 29, 1944, and then worked as a cashier at the Hippodrome cinema in Easington Colliery.

In 1952 Doris set up her own business in Yoden Road, Peterlee, with a shop selling clothing; hardware and DIY materials and became a member of the Peterlee Town Women’s Guild.

Retiring in 1977, Doris became a grandmother to granddaughter Alexandra Victoria Patricia; and to twins Frances and Claire.  

She now lives with her son Frank and his wife Patricia at their home in Peterlee.

“She is still very independent,” son Frank said.

“She is well spoken and enjoys reading the financial press.”