100 years old!
I recently photographed the Kitty’s 100th birthday celebration a wonderful lady, mother, grandmother and great grandmother from Coggeshall in Essex and I have to say it was a real privilege to be a part of the day and the celebrations.
The day started at her home in Coggeshall where she received her telegram (card) from the Queen as well as many other cards and flowers. (she was absolutely delighted)
She was then chauffer driven to the Colne Valley Golf Club in Earls Colne where a surprise party had been arranged. Family and friends had come from all around the country and indeed the world to share this special day with her and it was a great opportunity to capture some family portraits as well as individual portraits of all the guests. I know she derived much pleasure from looking at these in the days and weeks that followed.
As part of the celebration Kitty was also presented with a photo book which was a chronological presentation of photographs detailing her life from a young child through to the present day and including details of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The book was actually designed and produced by me following the collection of lots and lots of old family photos. I look forward to showing details of this in a later blog post. I know it meant a lot to Kitty and she has treasured it ever since.
One of Kitty’s grandchildren had written a poem about Kitty’s life which she presented and read out for all to hear. I have included the text of the poem below.
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I have got a story to tell
About a great lady you all know well!
It’s a fairy tale story, written in rhyme
And it all starts as good stories start
“Once upon a time”
There was born a little Kitty,
Who was very cute and pretty
The 25th of February her date of birth,
She bought her parents joy and mirth
In Tolleshunt D’Arcy born and bread
She grew up happily so was said
Loved her flowers, dress-making and sewing
Peg and Kitty kept growing and growing
The train to school the “Crab and Winkle”
Made their mother frown and wrinkle
The next stop on the list was Colchester High
Always coming home to a hot home cooked pie
She went to Writtle for a start
And studied Horticulture to follow her heart
When she met Richard known as Dick
They went together through thin and thick
The 30th of March in 1932 was wedding day
Glovers and Taylors were there to say
“Good luck, good health and a life full of pleasure
Four children were born – what a treasure
They made good friends and ran a dairy farm
The children grew up and came to no harm
They all lived happily at Noaks Cross
Great granny was and still is the boss
Tennis and swimming in the pond
Formed between the children a special bond
Cars, trollies and go-carts
Were big in Dick and the boy’s hearts
Young farmers came and stayed or went
All children got married, what an event
The families focused on fun and laughter
The first grandchild followed soon after
The family home was Cockerels Farm
With its swimming pool, chestnut tree and barn
With trains in the attic and swings in trees
Friends and family enjoyed the cream teas
The Grandparents were terribly proud
Of the thirteen grandchildren, what a crowd!
Some of them travelled to places far away
But all have come back for this special day
In 1972 the wedding of gold
The love between Dick and Kitty never went cold
Their grandchildren married and had their fun
And with 18 Great grandchildren all was said and done
Congratulations, Great Granny
You have reached the big “10-0”
You were born in the last century
So that’s a long time ago!
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