Taking each day as it comes and having a positive outlook on life has helped a Droitwich lady to reach her 101st birthday.
Elsie Tattersall celebrated her milestone birthday yesterday (Monday 24 August), with a party at Sanctuary Care’s Westmead Residential Care Home in Droitwich, where she has lived for six years.
Secrets to reaching 101
When asked her secret to reaching 101 Elsie said: “Living day by day, never knowing what is round the corner and having a positive attitude – and now I’m over 100 I can relax!”
From Smethwick to Droitwich
The birthday girl was born in Smethwick to parents Alice and Fred Baldwin - and is the only surviving of four siblings.
Growing up in the West Midlands and spending her retirement years in Ludlow, Elsie moved to Droitwich in 2009 to be closer to her extended family.
Surviving a landmine
During the war the former senior secretary for Birmingham-based WT Avery was lucky to survive when a landmine exploded near her home.
Elsie said: “I remember land mines being dropped near my home and having to spend many nights sleeping in the shelter at the bottom of the garden.”
In 1960 Elsie found true love when she met Eric, a family friend. The couple wed six years later and had a very happy marriage, until Eric sadly died in 1990.
Spoilt in 2015
Reflecting on how much she has witnessed in her 101 years, Elsie said: “I’m spoilt now in 2015 – I have hot water on tap! I remember the First and Second World War, the sound of bombs and getting by with no electricity or gas. A lot has changed.”
When asked if she has had any claims to fame over the years she joked: “Not yet, but I’m working on it!”
Westmead proud to celebrate with Elsie
Manager at the home, which provides residential care and dementia care, Sue Stokes said: “Elsie is a marvellous and extremely independent lady and we are so proud to have celebrated her special birthday with her.
“Elsie has a warm smile and always has a girlish giggle for everyone she knows and is truly part of our family here at Westmead.”