A ‘COLOURFUL character’ staying at a Uttoxeter care home yesterday blew out the candles her 101st birthday cake.
Irene Hutton told the Advertiser the secret to her long and healthy life has been abstaining from alcohol.
Having moved into St Mary’s Mount home in 2012, Mrs Hutton last year celebrated her century at the Holly Road establishment.
And, yesterday, her two neices dropped in to give their aunt a lavish bunch of flowers and a delicious birthday cake.
Mrs Hutton said: “To be honest, I think I do feel about 101.
“But it was lovely to see my family. I always love it when my neices come to visit and they’ve bought me a lovely cake and flowers.
“I don’t know if there’s a secret to making it to my age, but I certainly think not drinking has helped.”
Mrs Hutton was born in June 1913 in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, where she lived most of her life.
She fondly remembers playing hopscotch in the playground with her friends at Fenton Manor school.
Mrs Hutton and her late husband, James, had three children, all of whom have now sadly died.
She worked in Stoke’s pottery banks for her whole professional life, before moving to Abbots Bromley when she retired.
Ann Doherty, senior care assistant at St Mary’s Mount, paid tribute to Mrs Hutton.
She said: “Irene’s a very colourful character when she comes out of her shell a bit.
“She’s still certainly a lady who knows what she wants.
“She used to really love sewing but nowadays she tends to just rest most of the time.
“She can be very quiet and obviously, at her age, sleeps a lot.
“But she really loves her food and particularly her fish and chips on a Friday.
“And, although she doesn’t drink alcohol, she certainly loves a good cup of tea.
“She has two neices, who she’s very fond of.
“She still knows who they are and gets very excited when they come and visit.
“Everyone at St Mary’s Mount would like to wish Irene a very happy and well-deserved 101st birthday.”