THE town’s latest centenarian celebrated reaching triple figures yesterday,
Elsie Irish Jenkins lives in Abbeyfields retirement home in Dunchurch Road.
She was born in Abertillery, south Wales, to May Morris and John Edge Morris and had a brother, Jack, and sister, Gwen.
She commuted by train daily to Abergavenny Girl’s Gramar School and worked in London afterwards as a nanny to two children.
After she moved to Arley, near Nuneaton, in 1939 and worked at Jaguar in Coventry as a sewing machinist tasked with stitching seat covers for the prototype E-Type Jaguar.
Elsie had three sons, Roger, Graham and Phil and now has four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Phil Jenkins, her third son, said Elsie was delighted with how her birthday bash went.
“It was lovely, she had a great morning spending time with her sons and daughters-in-law and their families and received lots of cards and presents from well-wishers.”
Natasha Woods, deputy manager at Abbyfields, congratulated Elsie on reaching the milestone.
“We’re all delighted for Elsie here, she’s the life and soul of the party and I’m pleased to say she’s had a great time today.”
She added: “She’s had lots of friends and family visit, a telegram from the Queen and has even enjoyed a glass or two of champagne.”