Birthday celebrations as Carmella turns 100

from left to right. Back Row: Great grandson Jordan Camp, 17, Granddaughter Debbie Woods, 56, son-in-law Dave Camp, 79 and grandson Martin Camp, 54, his wife Simone Camp, 49, great granddaughters Cara Woods, 21, Fabian Camp, 21. Front row: Granddaughter Shannen Woods, 19, daughter Frances Camp, 76 and Granddaughter Pascale Camp, 23. Centre: Carmella Collins, 100.  Caption: Carmella celebrates her 100th birthday with family and a letter from the Queen.
from left to right. Back Row: Great grandson Jordan Camp, 17, Granddaughter Debbie Woods, 56, son-in-law Dave Camp, 79 and grandson Martin Camp, 54, his wife Simone Camp, 49, great granddaughters Cara Woods, 21, Fabian Camp, 21. Front row: Granddaughter Shannen Woods, 19, daughter Frances Camp, 76 and Granddaughter Pascale Camp, 23. Centre: Carmella Collins, 100. Caption: Carmella celebrates her 100th birthday with family and a letter from the Queen.

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CELEBRATING with family, friends and dignities, Carmella Collins has turned 100 years old.

To celebrate, Langdale Nursing Home in Gosport threw her a party. Family, including five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, came from as far as Guernsey.

Carmella was born in Floriana, Malta in 1913 and was working in her father’s café there when she met her husband, Horace, a Royal Engineer from London, who had popped in for a drink.

They married in 1931. She was present at the siege of Malta during World War Two and she moved to Gosport in 1948 with her husband.

Daughter Frances Camp, 73, said: ‘It was a wonderful party for her. They did a wonderful job. It was a jolly party.’

Care worker Bethney Kelly, 55, from Gosport, said: ‘The sun shone and we went out in the garden. You could see how much she enjoyed the warmth of the sun on her face.’

Carmella was also visited by the Mayor of Gosport, Cllr John Beavis MBE. He presented her with a diamond jubilee commemorative tea cup and saucer, as well as a Gosport Borough Council 100th birthday card.

He said: ‘It was lovely to talk to the friends and family who are very proud of Carmella.’