105th birthday celebration for Bucks’ ‘Amazing Grace’
Ex-councillor marks the big day with party for friends and family
her second card from the Queen for turning 105.
There are just under 800 people aged 105 or older in the UK.
Born in 1911, Mrs Wyatt survived the Second World War bombing of her northwest London home in 1944 by hiding under a table with her younger brother Tony.
Mrs Wyatt, who was a Chiltern District councillor for Chesham, said: “It was a different time and you never knew what was going to happen next. I quite enjoyed it, it was exciting. People lived for the day because you could be dead the next.”
Mrs Wyatt said she also r e me mbe r s Zeppelins flying overhead during the First World War and shops with German names being stoned.
She was one of six children, but four of her siblings did not make it past their teens due to illness and tragic circumstances.
Mrs Wyatt says she thinks she was lucky enough to survive due to spending any money she had on milk, which she says helped to keep her healthy. Mrs Wyatt was married to her husband for just under 50 years before he died 32 years ago of lung cancer.
They had two children together, Richard, 69, who lives in Chesham, and Alison, 57, who lives in Liverpool.
Richard said: “I’m very proud of my mum. It’s an amazing thing she has achieved. She’s amazing. She’s up every day, all day, she knows what is going on around her and healthwise there’s nothing seriously wrong with her.
“She likes the routine and she likes being cared for. She’s as happy as Larry.”
Mrs Wyatt made her living as a hairdresser,. She took her first snip at just 16 and carried on chopping and trimming until her mid-70s.
She ran her own salon in Willesden before setting up a mobile salon after the Second World War.
Her claim to fame was being hairdresser to the mother of 1960s supermodel Twiggy, and she told the Examiner she remembers the celebrity as a young girl.
Mrs Wyatt and her husband moved to Chesham in 1971 and it was not long before she developed a taste for politics and became a Chiltern district councillor for Pond Park in 1974 until 1977.
Above and left, Mrs Wyatt celebrates at Lent Rise House in Burnham with family, friends and home staff