Gloucester care home celebrate residents big birthday!

Vera Smith celebrating her birthday with care staff at The Knoll Care Home

A popular resident of a Gloucester care home has celebrated her 103rd birthday.


Vera Smith was surrounded by family and friends and received a visit from The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Gloucester, Cllr Neil Hampson, for her special day.


Mrs Smith, who has lived at The Knoll Care Home in Tuffley since 2012, is one of only 14,500 people in the UK to be over 100 years old.


When she was born in Longley, King George V was on the throne, Charlie Chaplin had not yet made his first film and, most significantly, Britain had not yet embarked on the First World War – a war at which Mrs Smith’s father was killed during the Battle of the Somme.


The mother of three and grandmother of four, who married husband William in her twenties, recalls a love of climbing trees with her brother and cousins, but told how she fell off a ladder picking plums and fractured her pelvis, putting an end to her dancing days.


Her working life was spent in her mother’s grocery shop whilst she was also a cinema steward and laterally, an employee at Marks and Spencer.


Manager of the Knoll Care Home Debbie Smith said: “We had a super day, made all the more special by a visit from the Mayor who wanted to meet Vera.


“Vera is a wonderful, special woman and we were delighted to help her mark such a significant milestone.”


The Knoll is part of the privately-owned Redwood Healthcare Group, is set within 15 acres of grounds with views over Gloucester and the Forest of Dean.


It is registered with the Care Quality Commission to provide accommodation for 34 older people who require personal care.


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