Sussex, 101, celebrates with her American family Brighton News

A resident of a CARE home was “thrilled” to be reunited with her family from overseas to celebrate her 101st birthday.

Lilian “Lily” Thornett had not seen her son and grandchildren, who live in America, for more than a year due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

But with additional planning and some time spent in quarantine, her family were able to join her for an emotional reunion and birthday garden party at the Heather View Nursing Home in Crowborough.

Lily said: “It was so beautiful so see my family again. It was a very special day and we had a lot of fun.

The family celebrated Lily’s milestone birthday with a special cake and a performance by an Elvis impersonator.

Natasha King, Home Manager at Heather View, said: “There’s nothing quite like toasting a big milestone with her loved ones, so we’re thrilled that Lily’s family was able to join her on this. year.

“It was a very emotional day for Lily, but the smile on her face when she reunited with her family said it all.

“We always love to throw a big party for the celebrations, but we knew this one had to be extra special – so we invited an Elvis impersonator over to the house and decorated the garden to make it the perfect party spot.

“It has been a difficult year, but it finally feels like things are slowly returning to normal, as more residents reunite with their loved ones.

“We look forward to celebrating other milestones with Lily and her family in the future.”

Lily was born on June 24, 1920 in London and moved to Heather View in September of last year.

After leaving school, she became a milliner and was offered the opportunity to move to Paris to continue her training in 1939. Unfortunately, war broke out and she became a telephone operator at Greenwich Town Hall, helping emergency services.

Lily and her husband Victor were married in Greenwich, London, in 1942 and welcomed their first and only child Brian that same year, before later retiring to Uckfield.

A passionate gardener, Lilian’s love of the outdoors began in her youth, as she was often found climbing trees in Greenwich Park or exploring nearby seaside towns on family outings.

After moving to Uckfield, she enjoyed visiting the stately local homes and gardens.

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This notice was published: 2021-07-18 05:30:00

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