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Born on Armistice Day, Constance Peace celebrates 104th birthday

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She was born in 1918, on the day the armistice was signed to end the Great War and named Constance Peace by her parents in the hope their daughter would grow up in constant peace.

On Friday, Constance Peace, celebrated her 104th birthday.

On Friday, Constance Peace, celebrated her 104th birthday. PHOTO: Courtesy of Judy Wilson

On Friday, Constance Peace, celebrated her 104th birthday. PHOTO: Courtesy of Judy Wilson

Judy Wilson, manager of the Hermitage care home in Whittlesey, was delighted to help to organise birthday celebrations.

“Today we say a big happy birthday to Mrs Connie Hailstone, Constance Peace born 1918 celebrates her 104th birthday,” she said.

On Friday, Constance Peace, celebrated her 104th birthday. PHOTO: Courtesy of Judy Wilson

“It been a very special day at The Hermitage today.”

Constance has previously spoken of how her name came about.

It began when they doctor who delivered her suggested to her parents that she should be called Joy or Peace.

It set her parents thinking before they finally decided on Constance Peace.

Constance has often provided two main considerations to those wondering how she has enjoyed such a long and enjoyable life.

On Friday, Constance Peace, celebrated her 104th birthday. PHOTO: Courtesy of Judy Wilson

“I’d say the secret of a long life is to work outdoors and have a very happy marriage,” has been response.

She was the daughter of Jessie and John Bothamley in Peterborough; her father was a cattle dealer whilst her mother stayed home to raise a family.

Sadly, when Constance was just seven years old and with her mother pregnant with her fifth child, her father died.

On Friday, Constance Peace, celebrated her 104th birthday. PHOTO: Courtesy of Judy Wilson

It meant her mother, who lived in Whittlesey until she died aged 85, raising five children on her own.

Constance was well known in Whittlesey for helping her husband Thomas run a celery growing business.

In her 90s, and by then a widow, she moved to the Hermitage.

On Friday, Constance Peace, celebrated her 104th birthday. PHOTO: Courtesy of Judy Wilson

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