Centenarian Kathleen Popple celebrates 100th birthday

Kathleen Popple
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Being in good company, having great friends...and smoking 20 cigarettes a day is the key to a long and happy life.

These are the views of Kathleen Popple, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday.

Kathleen has lived in Stamford all her life and said she cannot imagine living anywhere else.

Kathleen, who was born on October 21, 1913, worked at stationery shop Dolby’s, in High Street, before she met her husband Len.

The couple had one daughter Maureen, and Kathleen is now a grandmother to Timothy and David, and a great grandmother to Florence and Holly.

Kathleen, who lives at the sheltered housing complex in Essex Road, said: “I’ve been in great company and had many great friends.

“I’ve smoked since I was 13 and I don’t have a cough.

“I’ve never actually been ill in my life so I count myself very lucky.

“I’m looking forward to having a drop of sherry to celebrate my birthday.”

Kathleen was visited by Stamford mayor Brian Sumner and mayoress Brenda, as well as South Kesteven District Council chairman Councillor David Nalson, and staff and fellow residents at the complex for celebrations on Monday.

Her family are due to visit her this weekend.