Two centenarians celebrated in East Wittering

Two centenarians have been the centre of attention at Church Farm Care Home in East Wittering.

Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 9:38 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:21 am
Zsi Boylett-Long from Owls About Town introduces Joan Pettman to Boris. Picture: Kate Shemilt .ks16000825-3

Joan Pettman was 100 last Monday and received a birthday visit from Owls about Town. She came face to face with Boris, a scruffy looking tawny frogmouth that was named after Boris Johnson.

The visit was followed by afternoon tea.

Then Lady Olive Strathspey was 103 on Saturday and the home, in Church Farm Lane, hosted a party for her family.

Lady Olive Strathspey celebrates her 103rd birthday ks16000843-1

Joan Pettman was born in London on August 1, 1916.

Her first job was as a hairdresser but she went on to model clothing for prospective purchasers at Bourne and Hollingsworth department store in Oxford Street.

During the Second World War, Joan worked in the NAAFI canteen. After the war, she married and had three children. Joan now has two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Lady Olive Strathspey was born on August 6, 1913, in Norfolk.

Getting hands on with tawny own Virginia ks16000825-4

She served in the Army and was promoted to the rank of major.

During the Second World War, she was posted to Italy, Germany and finally Scotland, where she was in charge of 3,000 women.

Following the war, she married and had two children.

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