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104-year-old's birthday celebrations

PUBLISHED: 12:06 28 June 2007 | UPDATED: 17:24 26 February 2010

Kathleen Hazell

Kathleen Hazell

IN 1903 Edward VII was King of England, Britain still had an Empire and Orville Wright flew the first aircraft with a petrol engine over in the USA.

And it was also the year that Felixstowe resident Kathleen Hazell was born and yesterday she celebrated her 104th birthday.

IN 1903 Edward VII was King of England, Britain still had an Empire and Orville Wright flew the first aircraft with a petrol engine over in the USA.

And it was also the year that Felixstowe resident Kathleen Hazell was born and yesterday she celebrated her 104th birthday.

The centenarian - whose husband Frank died last year aged 107 - was joined by her son-in-law, David Fill, and staff from St Mary's Nursing Home, in Undercliffe Road East, Felixstowe, where she now lives.

Mr Fill, whose wife Daphne - Mrs Hazell's only child - died last year, said: “Considering my mother-in-law is 104 she is in quite good health. There are one or two problems but I would say she's fairly physically fit.

“Obviously, her husband lived to a good age but I'm not really sure what you could put it down to.

“They always said it was the fact they never drove but walked and cycled everywhere. They never drank any alcohol either.

“They moved to Felixstowe in 1966 and I know they really loved the area and breathing in the sea air.

“Kathleen is very fond of the sea and used to enjoy swimming in it regularly - in fact I think she was still dong it in her late 90s.”

Choppy Margetts, who works at St Mary's and looks after Mrs Hazell, added: “She doesn't look her age - you'd think she was in her 80s. She walks with a frame but she can potter along and is still relatively independent.”

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