Sunderland centenarian celebrates milestone birthday

Kitty Campbell (centre front) pictured with her friends and staff from St Martha'S Residential Home in Thornhill Park, Sunderland, where she has been celebrating her 100th birthday.
Kitty Campbell (centre front) pictured with her friends and staff from St Martha'S Residential Home in Thornhill Park, Sunderland, where she has been celebrating her 100th birthday.
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IT’S one hundred and not out for a Wearside woman.

Kitty Campbell, from Thorney Close, received a telegram from the Queen as she celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday with friends and staff at St Martha’s Residential Home, Thornhill Park.

“I never thought I’d see 100,” she said. “I’m in good health and it’s kind of everybody to come along. It’s lovely. I’ve had loads of presents and cards.”

Kitty still lives independently, visiting the residential home once a week and attending the Holy Rosary Church, Farringdon, every Sunday.

Born in Usworth on November 12, 1912, to Edward and Mary Campbell, Kitty was an only child and never married or had children.

She claims to have “led a very uneventful life”.

“I worked in Birmingham during the war in an aircraft factory for Vickers-Armstrongs. I was thrown in at the deep end – we all were,” she said.

After the war Kitty worked in the canteen at Brian Mills factory until she retired at the age of 60.

At 90, a trip to Lourdes, in France, saw Kitty take her first plane flight.

Despite having no children of her own, Kitty has a close relationship with her goddaughter, Kathleen Mountain, and loves to spend time with her cats.

St Martha’s manager Jill Hepple said: “She lives in a bungalow by herself and has a carer who goes in on a morning to help her get ready, but she’s always ready by the time the carer turns up.

“She’s really independent.”