Mildred Kerr celebrates 106th birthday in Sherborne
ONE of the oldest people in Dorset has celebrated her 106th birthday in Sherborne.
Mildred Kerr was born in the reign of Edward VII, recalls going to school in a pony and trap and left for a new life in Canada on board an ocean steamship in the same year the Titanic sank.
She celebrated her birthday at the Abbey View care home where she has lived since 2003.
London-born Mildred, a descendant of the 18th-century Lord Lieutenants of Norfolk, was joined at her party by family, friends and fellow residents.
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Her daughter, Shirley Fry, said: "My mother always kept fit, first playing tennis and then golf. She has also kept her mind active as a regular bridge player."
Mildred, who has two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, was just six years old when her family emigrated to Vancouver.
She sailed on the SS Teutonic, part of the White Star Line's fleet along with the ill-fated Titanic. The family stayed in Canada until 1918.
Mildred later worked in the cable office of the Australia House consulate in London and ran a canteen for volunteer railway workers during the 1926 General Strike.
Abbey View manager Jo Ellis said: "Mildred is a lovely lady with a warm personality and many friends."