Mary Catherine Constance Graham, fondly known to many as ‘Kitty’, will reach the marvellous milestone of 100 years on Thursday 17th September 2020.
Kitty’s wonderful family are making sure that current guidelines do not dampen the spirit of celebrations and even managed to book the sunshine from their first outing on Saturday and set to continue for the rest of Kitty’s birthday week.
Prudhoe Mayor, Cllr Tracy Gilmore was delighted to present the lovely Kitty with a bouquet of flowers and birthday card, on behalf of Prudhoe Town Council, to mark her incredibly special 100th birthday. When asked the secret to her numerous years and much younger disposition, Kitty answered immediately “staying active and playing bowls”.
Kitty was a keen and regular bowler until two years ago, a sport she enjoyed alongside her husband William, who sadly died aged 67 in 1990. Kitty and her family were thrilled to spend time at Prudhoe Castle Bowls Club on Saturday. As well as celebrating Kitty’s birthday, the club played their annual competition in memory of William, enjoying an extremely special double event.
At 100 years young, you would be forgiven for expecting Kitty to be ready for home after a party at the bowls club; not this lady… the celebrations continued with a family meal at Ball’s of Prudhoe. Always wonderful hosts, Ball’s Restaurant did the family proud. Kitty treasured the time with her loved ones, describing it as a ‘home from home’.
The conversation flowed with Kitty, especially when she remembered fondly her working life at Prudhoe Hospital. It was clear when Kitty spoke that she cherished the young people she worked with, describing very special times, especially at Christmas and Easter. Kitty’s family are quite sure that she would have worked on passed 65 if she had been allowed to, her compassion and dedication never failing.
Kitty is a remarkable lady who still manages to live independently in her home in Prudhoe. That being said Kitty is the first to praise the loving care she receives from her son Michael and daughter Ann, who are equally proud of her.
No doubt the letter from HRH Queen Elizabeth II will not be the only delivery on Thursday – wishing Kitty a very happy 100th birthday.