Mayor helps celebrate centenary birthday

Release Date: 16 May 2017

A mayoral visit and card from the Queen marked the birthday of very important Hampton resident yesterday.

Molly Pearce, originally from Twickenham, has lived in the borough all her life – spending the past 30 years in Hampton.

Born in 1917, she has had a busy life in the borough. She attended Trafalgar school and started working at the age of 14 and has done many jobs ranging from working in a factory, and office and as a sales assistant in Woolworths Richmond.

She has always been very active and in World War II remembers cycling from Twickenham to Richmond over Richmond Bridge – hoping that the borough wouldn’t be bombed on her way to work.

Celebrating her 100 birthday was a family affair. A birthday party was attended by her daughter, friends and neighbours.

Cllr David Linnette, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, said:

“What a fantastic lady. Molly is an example to us all! She is looked after by her daughter but she still enjoys doing her own gardening and helping around the house. “It’s wonderful to hear of someone remaining so active at such an age and it’s an honour to celebrate with Molly on her 100thbirthday. 

“Molly certainly does not look her age and I hope she enjoys many more birthday parties to come. So from all of us at Richmond Council – Happy Birthday Molly.”

Commenting on her mother’s birthday, Roberta said:

“The secret to my mother’s long life is simple. She has always lived a clean, active life with a great sense of humour. If it were a nicer day, she would definitely be in the garden now! Her age doesn’t show at all, you wouldn’t know she is 100.”

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Updated: 31 May 2017