Great grandmother from Thornton Heath Rose Hannah Harvey celebrates 100th birthday

Croydon Guardian: Rose Hannah Harvey, 100, with her sons Tony (left) and Bill (right) Rose Hannah Harvey, 100, with her sons Tony (left) and Bill (right)

A great grandmother who twice received Corydon’s Best Kept Garden competition celebrated her 100th birthday last weekend.

Rose Hannah Harvey, who was born in Thornton Heath on 22 September 1912, celebrated the milestone with friends and family at the Ingleside Care Home in Kenley.

Deputy Mayor Tony Harris also paid a visit to Mrs Harvey on the day before her birthday.

She was the second of six children and attended Winterbourne School. She married her late husband, Dick Harvey, when she was 24 but he sadly passed away in 1985.

Mrs Harvey was a keen gardener and twice won the borough’s best kept garden competition. She also enjoyed knitting.

She has three children, seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Her son Toney Harvey said his mum had had a great 100 years. He said: "I wish my father had been here today to see her.

"She lived on her own up until 18 months ago and I just know that if my father was here he would say to her ‘I am not surprised you have reached a 100, you are as strong as an Ox’."

"She is an unbelievable character, she never gives in. They love her here at Ingleside, she is almost like a celebrity here. My mum is an inspiration to us all."

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