101 up for Littleport’s Mary

16:09 23 March 2013

At Laburnham Lodge, Littleport is 101 year old Mary Oakey

At Laburnham Lodge, Littleport is 101 year old Mary Oakey

Archant

MARY Oakey was surrounded by family and friends on Friday as she celebrated her 101st birthday.

Mary, the youngest of 17 children, was joined by a host of relatives for a tea party at Laburnum Lodge, in Littleport, where she has been a resident for the past two years.

Mary, whose real name is Florence, was born in Willingham in 1912 to Walter and Emma Tibbitt and was raised in the village with her 16 siblings before marrying Wilfred Oakey and moving to Littleport while in her 20s.

Wilfred was a crane driver at a factory in Ely while Mary worked at the Hope Brothers factory in Littleport. The couple were married for 49 years. Wilfred died 19 years ago.

She remained independent and in her own home in Hoof Close until 2011, when she moved into the care home, in Victoria Street, becoming its oldest resident.

0 comments

Yesterday, 17:53
Cross County trains

Trains travelling in both directions – and carrying some 220 passengers- struck at least a dozen horses near Waterbeach, it was confirmed tonight.

Yesterday, 10:38
Sam Bates, with with son Frankie, looks at some of the Japanese knotweed growing in their home. Picture: ROB MORRIS

A street in Soham is in danger of being overrun by Japanese knotweed after a family’s pleas to get the problem tackled were repeatedly delayed.

Yesterday, 17:05
Daniel Aro

A football thug who beat up a fan of his own team as they returned from a Wembley play-off final, has been jailed for 16 months.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

E-edition

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 11°C

Newsletter Sign-up

Other Emails: