Bourne resident Eileen celebrates 100th birthday

Eileen Smith, centre, celebrates her 100th birthday with friends and family
Eileen Smith, centre, celebrates her 100th birthday with friends and family
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A RETIRED librarian celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family.

A party was held on Sunday for Eileen Smith at the Cedars Care Home in Church Walk, Bourne, where she now lives.

Staff at the care home decorated the Maple Lounge with banners and balloons to celebrate the occasion.

At the party was Bourne mayor, Coun Helen Powell, who has known Mrs Smith for many years. Mrs Smith was a friend of her grandmother.

Coun Powell described Mrs Smith as being like an honorary aunt.

She said: “She absolutely adored the whole day, and loved seeing some of her old friends.”

Mrs Smith was presented with a card from the Queen and a cake to mark the occasion.

Coun Powell added: “She has been ill recently but she was determined to reach 100.”

Eileen is the widow of Bill Smith who was a prominent member of the town’s brass band. She started two libraries in Bourne during her career, working at both of them.

She is well known in the town through working with the public and Coun Powell recalls her being a big supporter of local charities.

Mrs Smith spent most of her life in Bourne and the surrounding area, living in St Peters Road.

Coun Powell said: “She has loved Bourne all her life.”