Stratford resident celebrates 108th birthday - The Stratford Observer

Stratford resident celebrates 108th birthday

FOLLOW your heart and chase your dreams – that’s the secret to a long life according to a Stratford resident who celebrated her 108th birthday recently.

Dorothy Unitt celebrated the milestone birthday at Ambleside care home on Evesham Road with surprise guests and a birthday message from a celebrity chef.

Dorothy was born in Sutton Coldfield on June 18 1916. Later in life she moved to Birmingham, where Dorothy met and married her husband, Bert, and they were happily married for 15 years. Together they had a daughter, Shelia, before he passed away.

Moving to Solihull, Dorothy met her partner Maurice and they moved to Stratford together.

They were married for 50 years and Dorothy now has two grandsons and four great-grandchildren.

Dorothy’s career saw her work as a clerk in the Rover car factory, and her hobbies have included going on daily walks, gardening, reading and going to St Andrew’s Church in Shottery.

Dorothy said: “The most valuable lesson I’ve learnt in 108 years is to follow your heart and chase your dreams. Keep active and walk and walk some more.”

The team at Ambleside prepared the home for the special day and adorned the walls with balloons and banners. The day was complete with a visit from Tim Cox, the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, a special birthday message from Gordon Ramsay, and a birthday cake prepared by the head chef.

Dorothy’s daughter, Sheila, and son-in-law, Richard, also attended the celebrations, after the team at Ambleside collected them from Middlesborough.

Home manager Charlotte Levin said: “It was an honour to celebrate Dorothy’s birthday with her. She is a beloved resident at Ambleside, and we all had a lovely time acknowledging this tremendous milestone.

“Everything we do centres around supporting residents to live fulfilling lives, which is why we are always eager to mark special occasions. Dorothy’s 108th birthday was no exception, and it was a delight to hear her sound advice for living a long and happy life and to have so many special guests. Seeing the smile on her face when her daughter and son-in-law arrived was priceless.”

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