Felpham grandmother celebrates her 105th birthday

Eileen Pickford who celebrates her 105th birthday PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT ks1500392-2
Eileen Pickford who celebrates her 105th birthday PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT ks1500392-2

A sprightly Felpham grandmother has celebrated her 105th birthday.

Eileen Pickford, who has 11 grandchildren, was born in the Falkland Islands on August 20, 1910.

Moving to Littlehampton at the age of 12, she attended St Catherine’s School before going to London in her 20s, where she worked at a court dressmaker in Knightsbridge before helping to open a restaurant in Chelsea.

Her daughter Veronica said: “Eileen enjoys very good health, loving every minute of the time she spends with her children, three grandchildren, five great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren.”

In February 1936 Eileen met her first husband Horace Charles Wilson, or ‘Tiggy’, who said it was ‘love at first sight’.

They married in 1936 and had four children, Angela, Christopher, Veronica and Philip.

After serving with the British Expeditionary Force in France during the second world war, Horace returned home where he stayed until his death at the age of 59 in October 1968.

Not one to slow down, Eileen travelled over the next few years and married John Pickford in 1976. John passed away in 2008.

Eileen now lives at Oakland Court Residential Home in Felpham.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.bognor.co.uk/

2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BognorRegisObserver

3) Follow us on Twitter @BogObserver

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Bognor Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.