Chemist’s trib­ute thrills cen­te­nar­ian

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Being Honoured -

An Ash­ford res­i­dent was de­lighted to find her lo­cal chemist had dec­o­rated his shop with bal­loons and ban­ners to cel­e­brate her 100th birth­day.

Con­nie Brooks hit the mile­stone on Mon­day April 10, and re­ceived her tele­gram from the Queen.

Miss Brooks was born in Hythe but moved to Ald­ing­ton. From 1935 she ran Bon­ning­ton Post Of­fice for more than 50 years.

Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War she worked as an RAF plot­ter at Tang­mere in East Sus­sex.

She moved to Sin­gle­ton Farm in Ash­ford around 20 years ago.

Her son, Ben, said: “She’s not my real mum but she’s been like a mum to me and I’ve looked af­ter her for many years.

“She has been us­ing Ash­worth’s Chemist in Beaver Road, Ash­ford for 83 years, and has known owner Mr Shah since he took over 40 years ago.

“Over the years, they have al­ways been ab­so­lutely bril­liant to her.

“So it was lovely to see them go all out for her birth­day, and we would like to say a huge thanks for ev­ery­thing they did.”

To cel­e­brate her birth­day, Miss Brooks was also treated to din­ner by her friends at the Punch Tav­ern in Sturry and at the Park Road Fish Bar, in Hythe.

Ben added: “She’s a reg­u­lar at both places and they also wanted to treat her for her birth­day.

“Ev­ery­one has been ab­so­lutely bril­liant, and she’s very grate­ful.”

Pic­tures: Chris Davey FM4745307/FM4745302

100-year-old Con­nie Brooks with staff and her son, Ben, sec­ond left at Ash­worths Chemist and with her card from the Queen

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