Turning 100 on Friday was Kathleen Shevlane, known particularly in Grantham for her dedicated involvement with St Mary’s Church.
Before retiring, Kathleen worked as a dinner lady at St Mary’s Primary School, where she clearly made an impression, having only meant to cover for six weeks, and instead remaining there for several years.
However as her Irish accent reveals it was in County Mayo that Kathleen was born, moving during the Second World War to Nottingham where she worked as a domestic servant.
During church socials she met general labourer Hugh Shevlane, who also orginally hailed from County Mayo, and they were married in 1952.
They had two sons, Hugh and Patrick, and now Kathleen is a grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, although she says there are too many to count!
While Kathleen jokes too that the day she turns 100 ‘will be just the same as usual’, her family recognises its significance and her son Pat organised a party at Gregory House to mark the milestone.
We hope they all had a fantastic day!