Llandrindod Wells resident turns 104

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mayor-and-veraShe’s brushed with two royals, been blessed by the Pope and travelled the world over, now inspirational Vera Vaughan has celebrated her 104th birthday.

Renowned for throwing a good celebration, Christchurch Court residents invited friends and family of the Llandrindod born resident who has spent more than quarter of her life at the Llandrindod Wells retirement scheme.

Former draper Vera was in her seventies when she moved into Christchurch Court and has played an active part in both the retirement community and Llandrindod Wells itself.

She regularly meets with her neighbours in the communal lounge to share her stories from her time in the Queen Alexandra Corps, including the time she was blessed by Pope Pius XII, how she met the Queen Mother at a Buckingham Palace garden party and when she presented Princess Margaret with a purse.

The former civil nursing reserve is well-known in the community for her voluntary work, having helped out the Red Cross, British Legion, Llandrindod Hospital League of Friends and the Women’s Institute. She also tread the boards in London, where she appeared in a production about the Bronte sisters and had another brush with the Queen Mother.

Thanking her friends and family for joining the celebration, Vera said: “It’s lovely to see so many of my Christchurch Court neighbours and so many friends come and help me celebrate. We are really going to enjoy the music and each other’s company.”

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