Dress-maker marks 100 years with family

Louise Uttley-Moore with her great-granddaughter Daisy
Louise Uttley-Moore with her great-granddaughter Daisy
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A GREAT-grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday with a party among family and friends on Sunday.

Louisa Uttley-Moore, who used to run her own dress-making business, received a card from the Queen and was paid a visit by the town’s mayor Councillor Kim Forward.

The pensioner, who lives at Park Beck Care Home in Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards, was born in Greenwich, London in 1911.

She had one sister, Molly, who died a few years ago.

Mrs Uttley-Moore tied the knot with her husband Bill in 1929. He died aged 65 in 1975.

She ran a dress-making and designing shop in Blackheath until the Second World War broke out in 1939.

After the war ended in 1945 she carried on her business from home until she reached her 70s.

Her family moved to Hastings in 1974 as her son Bill, now 66, brought his business, Computing Devices, to town.

It was later bought by General Dynamics UK in 2000.

Mrs Uttley-Moore’s family owns Tilekiln Farm in Ore.

The pensioner has one son, Bill, one grandson, also called Bill, and a great-granddaughter, called Daisy, who is five months old.

Cllr Forward said: “Sunday’s party was a lovely occasion with flowers, champagne, cards, ballons and a beautiful cake.

“Mrs Uttley-Moore’s family were there to share this special time with her and it was wonderful to see her with her great-granddaughter, a span of 100 years across the generations.”