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.’