A super-centenarian with a passion for life and a winning smile turns 103 today.
When asked how she felt about reaching such a fantastic age Maud Bailey, who lives at Sanctuary Care’s Forest Dene Residential Care Home in Wanstead said: “I just want to go on living.”
The birthday girl, who is partial to her favourite pudding of bananas and custard, explained her secret. “I have a healthy diet, don’t drink – and a sense of humour keeps you going,” she said.
Maud was born in Bow, east London and grew up in Leyton with her parents, machinist Alice and dock worker father Frank Campbell.
The birthday girl followed in her mother’s footsteps when she left school to become a machinist.
When she was 16 Maud met the love of her life Frederick Bailey and the couple married when she was 21. “We were very happy together” she said.
The home’s manager Gracy Bhoopalan said: “Maud has always got a smile and she is a very sweet lady. She is a real pleasure to be around and we are so proud to be celebrating this milestone with her.”