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A VET­ERAN Buck­ing­hamshire res­i­dent cel­e­brated her 105th birth­day last week with a birth­day pub lunch.

Ada Wat­son cel­e­brated the mile­stone birth­day on Thurs­day April 7.

Adding a civic touch to her spe­cial day was county coun­cil­lor Phil Gomm, with flow­ers and a card to add to many, in­clud­ing one from The Queen, adorn­ing her small liv­ing room.

Ada was born in Aber­tillery, Wales, in 1911 and moved to Had­den­ham to live with her grand­par­ents at the age of nine.

She set up home in Ayles­bury with hus­band Ralph af­ter their wed­ding at Holy Trin­ity Parish Church on Septem­ber 6 1930.

She was well known to pa­trons at the old Bull’s Head Ho­tel in the town cen­tre, be­cause her mother-in-law ran sil­ver ser­vice there. The ho­tel was de­mol­ished in the 1960s.

Ada has two daugh­ters, four grand­chil­dren and four great-grand­chil­dren.

Ada, whose brother Fred­er­ick Burch was Ayles­bury Bor­ough Trea­surer in the 1960s, said: “I was de­lighted to get a visit from Bucks County Coun­cil. It’s lovely to be recog­nised in this way.”

And her recipe for long life?

‘Be­hav­ing your­self!’ said Ada.

Happy birth­day: Bucks County Coun­cil­lor Phil Gomm vis­ited Bucks res­i­dent

Ada Wat­son on her 105th birth­day.

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