There were cheers as one of Leighton’s most senior citizens celebrated her 104th birthday over the weekend.
Gertrude “Bubbles” Eatwell celebrated her 104th birthday surrounded by her family and friends at Westlands Residential Home on Saturday.
But is Bubbles the oldest centenarian in town? That’s a question our readers may be able to solve.
Her daughter Rosemary Channon told the LBO her mum was resting after a lifetime of travel, including working for the St John’sAmbulance Service in India during the Second World War.
Rosemary said: “My mother has always been very outgoing and always busy looking out for other people. I don’t know what her secret is but I hope it’s in the genes!”
Bubbles was born in 1912 in London and grew up in Folkestone in Kent. She met soldier William Eatwell at a dance in Folkestone in the 1930s, where he saw her emerge through a cloud of bubbles. And it seems the nickname stuck!
“She’s always been known as Bubbles and doesn’t like to be called Gertrude,” said Rosemary.
After her marriage, Bubbles accompanied husband William to Egypt and then to India, where they spent 12 years raising their two daughters.
Rosemary said: “In India, my mother joined St John’s Ambulance Service. She looked after soldiers injured during the Bombay uprising at the end of the Second World War.”
After the war, Bubbles and her family moved to Fort William and then to Swindon, where she worked as an interior designer in pubs.
“I think they found it difficult adjusting back in the UK,” said Rosemary. “I remember there was still rationing and our first winter seeing snow.”