Weddings and Celebrations: A royal birthday wish for PE centenarian

BLUE-EYED Elsie Bostock celebrated her 100th birthday last month by showing off a telegram she received from Queen Elizabeth.

The Munro Kirk retirement complex resident was born on November 14 1913, in Manchester.

“I was very thrilled to receive a telegram from the queen wishing me a happy birthday. It’s definitely a highlight – I mean, that doesn’t happen every day,” the South End centenarian said.

Elsie moved to South Africa with her late husband, Alan Hadfield Bostock, in 1948. They had no children and he died in 1976 at the age of 63.

“He was an insurance inspector and I worked as a bookkeeper.

“We fell in love. We were the same age – well I was a few months older than him. We married in 1940 at the age of 27. I remember his tolerance and kindness.

“I remember how sick he got and how I looked after him for the last five years of his life. He suffered from multiple sclerosis. It was always just the two of us,” she said.

Elsie moved to Port Elizabeth a month after Alan died – she never remarried and still wears her wedding ring to this day.

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