Bognor Regis woman celebrates 100th birthday milestone

A resident at a Bognor Regis care home has reached a century and received a congratulatory card from the Queen.
Lyn's 100th birthday at Elizabeth HouseLyn's 100th birthday at Elizabeth House
Lyn's 100th birthday at Elizabeth House

Lyn Clark was joined by family members, residents and staff at Elizabeth House care home in Victoria Drive for a party to celebrate the big occasion.

Born in Goodwood, Lyn grew up in a house with no electricity or running water. After her father - who worked as head gardener at Goodwood House - died, her family were visited by the Duchess of Goodwood House. The Duchess moved the family into the stately home, providing work for Lyn’s mother.

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It was at Goodwood House where Lyn would eventually meet her husband during the Second World War.

He was one of the soldiers evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940 and was placed on sentry at the Goodwood Estate stables.

Following the war, Lyn spent the majority of her life working in a cashier’s office at a Co-Op in Chichester. In her free time, she enjoyed knitting and embroidery.

As well as seeing family and friends at the party, Lyn received a congratulatory card from the Queen to mark the centenary.

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Marian Drake, manager at the Shaw Healthcare-operated care home Elizabeth House, said: “It was so lovely to see so many family members and friends come together to celebrate Lyn’s 100th birthday.

“We’re so happy to have her here at Elizabeth House.”

Elizabeth House opened in 2007 and has 60 en suite rooms catering for residents who need long term personal residential care.