A WOMAN believed to be Solihull’s oldest resident has celebrated her 105th birthday.
Young-at-heart Lilian Power welcomed the Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull to her party on Wednesday.
She’s also received a second telegram from the Queen, following the special delivery that arrived five years ago.
Born in Birkenhead, Lilian moved to the Midlands when she was 17-year-old.
One of the most exciting periods of her life was aboard the Empress of Britain - a trans-Atlantic ocean liner.
During her time at sea, Lilian was propositioned by boxing champion Jack Doyle and remembers meeting broadcasting legend Richard Dimbleby - who was, at that time, only a runner.
She was also aboard the liner when it bought King George VI and Queen Elizabeth back from a visit to Canada.
Somehow or other one of the Queen Mum’s hankies found its way into Lilian’s possession, and the pensioner has kept it to this day.
After living in Sheldon and Solihull, Lilian moved to Rayner House, Damson Parkway, nine years ago. The mum-of-two has outlived both her children.
When asked what her secret was for a long life, Lilian said: “I think a glass of sherry is what has kept me going all this time.”
Until recently, the centenarian still used to do her own ironing. She’s stopped now, but still enjoys going out with friends and is often asked to welcome the home’s new residents.
Niece Pat Stainton described her aunt as “wonderful”, while her nephew John said that Lilian “always had a story to tell”.
“She’s very chatty,” he said. “You can come here and you will always go away, having had a good talk.”
Although the couple aren’t 100 per cent sure, they think that Lilian is the borough’s oldest resident.