A RETIRED teacher born and bred in Hastings celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday (June 18).
Laura Joan Sutton, who likes to be called Joan, held a party with staff at Evergreen Care Home in Collier Road, when she has lived for the last six years. Mayor Alan Roberts paid her a visit to offer his congratulations.
Miss Sutton was born in 1913 at her then family home in Priory Road. She lived there all of her life until moving to Evergreen Care Home in 2007.
Her father Charles passed away at a young age, leaving her with her brother Roger, sister Dorothy and her mother Mary Rose, who died in 1978. Dorothy passed away in 1985.
Miss Sutton attended Priory Road School. She left school aged 16 to teach at All Saints for several years.
Afterwards she went on to teach at King’s College for Boys in Hollington in St Leonards, a private school. Miss Sutton taught all subjects except French and history, before leaving to teach at a Rye independent school.
During the Second World War she was enlisted with the Wrens, stationed at Southampton for four-and-a-half years as a switch operator and returned to teaching after the war.
The centenarian retired when she was 58. Shortly after sister Dorothy retired the pair spent holidays abroad in the UK, Malta and around Europe.
Miss Sutton’s hobbies are reading and playing Scrabble. But she now has macular degeneration, an eye condition, so is unable to read well.
Natasha Edwards, owner of Evergreen Care Home, said: “Joan is a very kind and caring lady, with a good sense of humour.”