Kath­leen cel­e­brates 102nd birth­day with spe­cial party...

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - PETE WAR­RING­TON pe­ter.war­ring­ton@reach­plc.com

FAM­ILY from across the Mid­lands at­tended a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion for a 102-year-old lady whose fam­ily were rocked by the in­fa­mous Lough­bor­ough Zep­pelin bomb­ing in 1916.

Kath­leen Perry, who now lives at The Wil­lows Care Home in Shep­shed, grew up on a farm in Six Hills and then went on to serve as a domestic at Rag­dale Hall.

There she spent her early years learn­ing to be a good cook and house­keeper, when she met her hus­band Frank Perry who was serv­ing in the army.

They had two sons, Mau­rice and Michael, set­tled in Lough­bor­ough, and Kath­leen be­came one of, if not the first, lady taxi-driv­ers in Lough­bor­ough where she was very well known.

Kath­leen was born into a fam­ily which had just ex­pe­ri­enced a fam­ily mem­ber’s death caused by a bomb dropped from a German Zep­pelin into the Rushes at Lough­bor­ough in 1916.

Kath­leen’s aunt Annie Ad­cock, aged 42 years, was the wife of a brush maker and mother of five chil­dren, the fam­ily liv­ing at 13, The Rushes. Annie was one of 10 killed that night from bombs dropped both on the town cen­tre, the Brush and the Em­press Works.

Fam­ily mem­bers joined Kath­leen at the home in Shep­shed on May 28 for a birth­day lunch when Kath was wined and dined fol­low­ing her ap­pear­ance in a birth­day hat pre­pared by the staff for the oc­ca­sion.

Her two sons, Mau­rice and Michael, to­gether with their wives Ruth and Pauline, grand­son Neil and nephew Brian and wife Gle­nis were joined by the staff singing ’Happy Birth­day’.

Son Michael said: “She has an im­pres­sive mem­ory of her early years and read­ily re­counts some of the sit­u­a­tions she ex­pe­ri­enced when a maid at Rag­dale Hall, a taxi-driver in Lough­bor­ough and in par­tic­u­lar the time when a bomb dropped in the Rushes. Although now con­fined to a wheelchair, she joins in with the ac­tiv­i­ties in the home and can be the life and soul of the party.”

Kath­leen Perry sur­rounded by mem­bers of her fam­ily for her 102nd birth­day at The Wil­lows Care home in Shep­shed.

■ Kath­leen Perry.

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