Ada’s 105th birthday pub fun

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Long serving Bucks resident Ada Watson has reached the grand old age of 105 and she celebrated with a birthday lunch at The Bell in Stoke Mandeville.

Adding a civic touch to her special day on Thursday was councillor Phil Gomm with flowers and a card to add to many - including one from The Queen - adorning her small living room.

Ada, born in Abertillery in 1911, moved to Haddenham to live with her grandparents at the age of nine, and set up home in Aylesbury with husband Ralph after their wedding at Holy Trinity Parish Church on September 6, 1930.

She was well known to patrons at the old Bull’s Head Hotel in the town centre, as her mother-in-law ran silver service there.

Ada, who has two daughters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, welcomed the civic visit to her Aylesbury home with sparkling eyes and a broad smile: the same beaming smile she had for a stream of family and friends who visited her on her birthday. Phil, who represents the Bedgrove area, said: “The age of 105 is a great achievement and I’m really pleased that I was able to represent the County Council on Ada’s big day.”