Kate still enjoys her Mail at 102

Kate Shuttleworth
Kate Shuttleworth

A CENTENARIAN who still manages to read her favourite Mail newspaper without glasses has celebrated another milestone birthday.

Kate Shuttleworth turned 102 this week and celebrated with fellow residents at the care home where she lives.

Kate, who used to work for a family as a nanny, has lived at the Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, in Manor Way, Peterlee, for around 15 years.

She was treated to a party at the complex and a birthday cake to mark her special occasion.

The home’s personal activities leader Dawn Minto said: “She still gets her daily newspaper which she reads from front to end every day and doesn’t wear glasses.

“She loves singing and also loves her little rag doll which we gave her at Christmas – she sits and talks to it.

“We bought her another for her birthday and she says it looks just like her mother.”

Kate has a sister called Eve, from whom she received a birthday card, but it is not thought she has many immediate family members in the region.

She was treated to cupcakes in the lounge with the other residents, as well as a larger birthday cake for tea.

Dawn added: “She is a lovely lady - every time she comes out of doing activities she always says ‘thank you’ and gives you a kiss and cuddle.

“She loves singalongs and is a very happy lady.

“All the staff at Bannatyne Lodge would like to wish her a lovely 102nd birthday.”

The Hartlepool Mail reported last year, on Kate’s 101st birthday, how she was treated to a serenade by singer Shirley Mac on her birthday and in 2010, she was visited by Easington MP Grahame Morris and the then-Peterlee Mayor Lilian Wood, who passed on their best wishes.