Kathleen celebrates 102nd birthday with special party...
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.