Celebrating Kath’s birthday milestone

131349a'Kath Sutcliffe celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends 'Picture by Neil Silk'30/03/13

131349a'Kath Sutcliffe celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends 'Picture by Neil Silk'30/03/13

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A much-loved member of the church community in Cloughton has celebrated her 100th birthday in style.

Kath Sutcliffe was guest of honour during the special event at Cloughton Church Hall on Saturday.

The informal, drop-in party was organised by her friends Audrey Berry and Des Ramsay, with around 80 guests calling in.

Audrey said: “It went very well indeed. Kath’s son and his wife came from Folkestone and there were family from York and Oxford.

“There were also Kath’s friends from the Blind and Partially Sighted Society, Scrabble Club, the church, Mother’s Union and the friendship club.”

She added that after the party, Kath went for a meal at the Park Manor Hotel that night and also went out for lunch on Monday with friends.

Audrey said: “She really enjoyed it. She received a card from the Queen and a lovely letter from Archbishop Sentamu.

“One of her friends was confirmed at St Lawrence’s in Scalby and she met him then.

“It was a lovely, personal letter, saying how lovely it had been to meet her.”

She added: “I’ve been friends with Kath for 40 years and she’s a wonderful lady - she’s the most lovely person you’d ever wish to meet.”

Reverend Liz Kitching, who has just retired as vicar at St Mary’s in Cloughton, said: “I went to Kath’s 99th birthday party last year and pledged to her I’d still be here for her 100th.

“I thought it was meant to be, so I planned to retire the day after her party.”

The Revd Kitching added: “She a very popular lady and everybody loves her. She’s very patient, humorous and she likes a joke and a hug. She’s also a woman of very strong faith.”