THE Queen may have been a bit busy last week, but she still found time to send a birthday card to Hilda Lund.
Mrs Lund celebrated her birthday last Thursday with a party at her home, Gillespie Abbeyfield House in Dunchurch Road. Her friends and family travelled from as far away as Germany to be there as she was presented with celebratory cards, gifts and flowers.
She said at the party: “It’s been a lovely day and it’s been great to see so many old faces and catch up with so many people.
“I’m also delighted to have had a card off the Queen - the only disappointing thing was that she couldn’t be here herself!”
Ian Lund, one of Hilda’s two children, said: “We’re all delighted for my mum and it’s great she’s had so many guests to congratulate her on her 100th year.”
Peter, her other son who travelled from Germany for the celebrations, added: “I’m delighted for her because she’s been looking forward to this day for about two or three years now.”
Mrs Lund was born near Grassington, Yorkshire, and spent much of her life in the north before moving to Rugby in 1980 to be near her sister. She worked as a housemaid in her early years before working as a secretary in Bradford before the war. She married her husband, John Lund, the owner of a textile business in Yorkshire and member of the Home Guard, just before fighting broke out.
As well as working as a secretary she has also been a volunteer in a charity shop, a popular face at Rugby’s Claremont Centre and is still a regular churchgoer.
Darren Yates, home manager, said: “I’m so pleased for Hilda, she’s been here for three and a half years and she’s very popular so it was a pleasure to help her celebrate.”