105-year-old Worthing woman still enjoys playing cards

CARDS player Olive Richardson still enjoys a game and even won at whist during her 105th birthday celebrations.

Olive Richardson celebrates her 105th birthday. Photo by Derek Martin DM15116023a
Olive Richardson celebrates her 105th birthday. Photo by Derek Martin DM15116023a

She had three days of celebrations, with various family visiting her home in Gratwicke Road, Worthing, over the weekend.

Olive was born in Worthing on September 20, 1910, and lived in The Drive, close to Elm Grove Primary School.

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Daughter Carol Booth said: “She remembers it well. She said she used to hear the bell ringing from her house and by the time it finished, she was at the back of the queue to go in.”

When the school celebrated its 100th birthday in 2005, she was invited to cut the cake, as the oldest surviving pupil.

Olive worked as a nanny. She married her late husband Arthur Sidney, known as Sid, in 1933 and they had three children, Carol, Brenda Forrester and Eric Richardson. The family lived in North Street, in a house where Lidl now stands.

Carol said: “They were a sociable couple and loved dancing. We used to go to the Dome Ballroom every Saturday from when I was three.

“She also likes playing card games like cribbage and whist, and still plays well. She even beat us at whist on Monday.”

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