Residents at Gosforth-based Dene Park House care home, part of Akari Care, have held a special 100th birthday celebration for the home’s oldest resident.
Eunice McKay celebrated the milestone with family, friends and staff at the care home, where she was presented with a birthday message from the Queen. The Lord Mayor of Newcastle George Pattison also dropped in to help Eunice celebrate her big day.
Eunice was born and lived her whole life in Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In her younger years, she helped bring up her little sister and help around the house after her mother died when Eunice was just three years old.
Eunice, who married but had no children, says the secret of her long life is a regular glass of sherry. Her most vivid memories are of WW2 and ration books.
Sylvia Millar, a senior carer at Dene Park House, which specialises in care for the elderly, said: “Eunice is very independent and walks around by herself without the aid of a frame. She’s only been with us since August, but is already a very well-liked resident.
“I don’t think Eunice can believe she’s reached her 100th birthday and has received a message from the Queen. I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet.”
Eunice celebrated her big day with friends, other residents and family and enjoyed cake and a buffet.