A Vale pensioner who was born in the same month as Britain’s Tony Wilding stopped American Maurice McLoughlin becoming the first foreigner to win Wimbledon has celebrated her 100th birthday.
Alice Beeks and four generations of her family celebrated her 100th birthday at Chiltern Court care home near Wendover.
Care home administrator Jayne Lennard said: “It went really well. We had 14 members of the family here and two sons.
“We had a lovely event in the activities room.
“She had the big birthday balloons.
“The children were all able to run about in the garden.
“It is absolutely special, we love having a centurion here at the car home.”
Mrs Beeks, who spent many years working for former electrical firm Cossor, has spent most of her life in Bucks and recently moved to the Wendover Road care home in February from High Wycombe.
Her son, Peter Easden, said: “She’s not moved very far, but she has always had a busy life.
“The party was fantastic and she was on good form. It was a surprise party for her.
“In the old days she didn’t like surprises but she did thank us.
“The care home did very well and set everything up for her.”
Daughter-in-law Mary Easden added: “She didn’t realise she was 100 years old. She thought she had turned 80.”
Mrs Beeks duly received a card from the Queen congratulating her on reaching a century.
In July 1913 Tony Wilding won his fourth consecutive All-England tennis championship, ending the hope of American Maurice McLoughlin to become the first foreigner to win the Wimbledon finals. Wilding overwhelmed McLoughlin in three straight sets, 8-6, 6-3 and 10-8.
On Sunday, almost exactly 100 years later, Andy Murray became the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon.