100th birthday celebrations at Dukinfield care homeKath Meek, a Resident at HC-One’s The Beeches care home in Dukinfield, claims that a tipple of brandy in her morning coffee is the secret to long life as she celebrates her 100th birthday. 

Born on 26th November 1919, Kath started her career in the RAF, where she met her husband Jack. The pair married in November 1942, before having their two daughters, Pamela and Susan, and moving to Dukinfield for Jack to work on the railway. 

Kath went on to spend the majority of her career working in the canteen for Norweb, a British electricity supply and distribution company, while enjoying gardening and holidays abroad to Spain and Italy with Jack in her spare time.

Since moving into The Beeches in March 2019, Kath has made lots of friends with fellow Residents and has enjoyed getting involved with the activities available at the home, including bingo, games and watching John Thaw programmes on the TV. 

Kath celebrated her 100th birthday at The Beeches surrounded by her family and friends, as well as a surprise visit from Leigh Drennan, the Civil Mayor of Tameside. Kath was delighted to receive a telegram from the Queen and a bunch of flowers from the mayor, before enjoying entertainment from a local singer and a delicious buffet. 

Kath said: “Thank you so much for a nice day. I have enjoyed myself and loved seeing so many people here for me, thank you.”

Pam, Kath’s daughter, added: “Thank you to everyone for a lovely afternoon and for making my mum’s day so special. She has had a lovely day from start to finish and so did we.”

Sade Smith, Wellbeing Coordinator at The Beeches, said: “At HC-One, our team makes every effort to ensure our Residents celebrate their special occasions in the best way possible.

“Kath is a lovely lady and such an inspiration to the whole team at The Beeches, as well as her friends living at the home. It was amazing to see her face light up when the Mayor made a special appearance to her party.”