Woman who has lived in Brighton for more than 90 years celebrates 102nd birthday
A woman who has lived in Brighton for more than 90 years celebrated her 102nd birthday surrounded by friends.
Betty Rouse was born in Surbiton, south west London, in 1921, before moving to Patcham, Brighton, aged nine with her family in 1930.
She enjoyed a day of tea and cake at her care home Regent House in The Drive, Hove, on Saturday surrounded by residents, staff and even the mayor of Brighton Lizzie Deane.
A staff member at the care home said: "Betty was awake bright and early to celebrate her birthday and was amazed at all of her lovely cards, flowers and sweet treats from family, friends and other residents at the home.
“We started the celebrations off with a visit from the mayor who came to wish Betty a happy birthday and they were eagerly chatting away.
“After lunch some of Betty's relatives came to visit and we celebrated with a wonderful chocolate cake. It was a lovely way to celebrate such an amazing lady's birthday.”
Betty said she was “shocked” to be told she was 102 and said she hasn’t got a secret for reaching the milestone.
Betty, who had two brothers and two sisters, spoke about some of her favourite memories in Sussex, including meeting the Queen Mother, which was most likely in 1936.
Betty said: “I remember the Queen Mother, I remember her right beside me in Eastbourne. I liked her."
Betty’s favourite thing about Brighton is the First World War memorial in Old Steine Gardens which was built in 1922.
Staff said she has a “serious sweet tooth” and loved the cakes she was given on the day.
A staff member added: "Betty is very much loved at the home, she has a quick wit and a good sense of humour. She keeps the staff on their toes throughout the day with some of her hilarious comments.
“Even at 102 she still believes she is in her 60s and when not resting she enjoys chatting to the staff and having sweet treats! We are very grateful to have us with us here."