Mayor visits resident at rest home for 105th birthday

Barbara with the Mayor and Tweed staff Grace and Elena

Barbara with the Mayor and Tweed staff Grace and Elena

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A 105-YEAR-OLD has celebrated her birthday with a visit from the mayor of Eastbourne.

Friends, staff and mayor Carolyn Heaps wished Barbara Mortimer a happy birthday with flowers cand cards at the Emilie Galloway Rest Home, known by many as the Tweed Rest Home, in Silverdale Road.

Barbara moved to Eastbourne around 20 years ago, when her husband John died., and has lived at the rest home since then.

Barbara has made many friends at the home and the other residents have been impressed with her stories of her days as a ‘plotter’ - marking enemy and home troops’ plane and boat positions on a map during the Second World War.

She was born in London and was adopted by her two aunts when she was two-years-old, after her mother died.

Barbara was educated at a convent and she and John had no children of their own.