105th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion for Bucks’ ‘Amaz­ing Grace’

Ex-coun­cil­lor marks the big day with party for friends and fam­ily

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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

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