A big celebration for 100-year-old Phyllis

Phyllis King and her family
Phyllis King and her family
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Phyllis King’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren gathered for a party to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours also marked the big occasion at Croft Manor care home in Fareham.

Phyllis, who was born in Portsmouth and raised her family there, received a telegram from the Queen and work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

About 20 people gathered at the party to celebrate her life. Phyllis married James King in 1934 and the pair had four children – Anthony – who sadly died aged 11 of a burst appendix in 1948, Brian, Valerie and Barrie.

In the war, mum and children moved to a village near Petersfield where she took in and looked after two more evacuees. James died in 1975.

The family enjoyed birthday food and spending time with Phyllis.