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105-year-old woman receives new birthday card from the Queen

Bournemouth Echo: Inspirational Hilda Fox is 105 but has never felt old Inspirational Hilda Fox is 105 but has never felt old

SHE has lived for 105 years and seen two world wars, 19 prime ministers and four monarchs, yet Hilda Fox says she doesn’t feel old.

The former ballroom dancer celebrated her momentous birthday on Sunday at her home in Highcliffe, joined by her friends and family from Christchurch and beyond.

She said: “I have never felt old, I am still living here in my own home. I have been here for 40 years now and I love it.”

Born in Crewe to a large family, Mrs Fox worked in service in her youth before moving to Cheshire and a local chip shop, which is still in business today.

She married Cyril Fox and during the Second World War they moved to Dagenham, where he worked as an ambulance driver.

Work took the pair to Toronto after the war, where Mr Fox worked as a newspaper compositor, then on to San Francisco, where they lived for several decades.

On returning to the UK they retired to Christchurch, where both – enthusiastic ballroom dancers – immersed themselves in the community.

Alongside a new birthday card from the Queen, Mrs Fox also received a congratulatory telegram from Iain Duncan Smith at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Her great-niece Pam Nuttall, who travelled down from Manchester for the day, said: “She really is a phenomenal woman, you just get the feeling that she will always be here.

“The family are all long-lived, they have all been in their 90s, but none as long as her.

“She has a fantastic team of carers, who are more like friends to her really. They have become part of the family, which is lovely.”

Only last year Mrs Fox took another spin on the dance floor at the Brendoncare Haven Club in Mudeford with the help of her friends. She credits her longevity to leading an active life with plenty of dancing.

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3:08pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

An inspiration to us all and its nice to see a good news story for a change.
An inspiration to us all and its nice to see a good news story for a change. Marty Caine UKIP
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4:00pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Mrs Fox also received a congratulatory telegram from Iain Duncan Smith at the Department for Work and Pensions.

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I bet he's furious. Pensioners used to live on average for 5 years after retirement. This woman has been claiming a pension for 45 years !!!
This sort of thing is why this country is 1.4 trillion in debt and having to borrow a futhur 9 billion a month to run the country.

Anyway ggggggrrrrrrr happy birthaday.
Mrs Fox also received a congratulatory telegram from Iain Duncan Smith at the Department for Work and Pensions. ..... I bet he's furious. Pensioners used to live on average for 5 years after retirement. This woman has been claiming a pension for 45 years !!! This sort of thing is why this country is 1.4 trillion in debt and having to borrow a futhur 9 billion a month to run the country. Anyway ggggggrrrrrrr happy birthaday. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -6

11:20pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Huey says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Mrs Fox also received a congratulatory telegram from Iain Duncan Smith at the Department for Work and Pensions.

.....

I bet he's furious. Pensioners used to live on average for 5 years after retirement. This woman has been claiming a pension for 45 years !!!
This sort of thing is why this country is 1.4 trillion in debt and having to borrow a futhur 9 billion a month to run the country.

Anyway ggggggrrrrrrr happy birthaday.
My grandfather is 93 and has claimed a pension for many years.
But seeing as he served in the war worked his whole life and never took a days worth of benefits, I would say he and all others like him deserve every penny.
They arent the reason the country is in debt, but they did fight for the freedom we in the UK can enjoy.
Great story. Keep going Hilda!
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Mrs Fox also received a congratulatory telegram from Iain Duncan Smith at the Department for Work and Pensions. ..... I bet he's furious. Pensioners used to live on average for 5 years after retirement. This woman has been claiming a pension for 45 years !!! This sort of thing is why this country is 1.4 trillion in debt and having to borrow a futhur 9 billion a month to run the country. Anyway ggggggrrrrrrr happy birthaday.[/p][/quote]My grandfather is 93 and has claimed a pension for many years. But seeing as he served in the war worked his whole life and never took a days worth of benefits, I would say he and all others like him deserve every penny. They arent the reason the country is in debt, but they did fight for the freedom we in the UK can enjoy. Great story. Keep going Hilda! Huey
  • Score: 4

8:17am Wed 9 Jul 14

bosco1 says...

At least she will have contributed cash into the pension pot. She is entitled to her pension and good luck to her for many years.Many of us wont ever see our pension we have paid into because they keep on moving the retirement ages.!!
At least she will have contributed cash into the pension pot. She is entitled to her pension and good luck to her for many years.Many of us wont ever see our pension we have paid into because they keep on moving the retirement ages.!! bosco1
  • Score: 3

10:56am Wed 9 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

bosco1 wrote:
At least she will have contributed cash into the pension pot. She is entitled to her pension and good luck to her for many years.Many of us wont ever see our pension we have paid into because they keep on moving the retirement ages.!!
Seems like she paid most of her tax into the Canadian and US system and then came back here to retire and scoop up all our generous benefits !
[quote][p][bold]bosco1[/bold] wrote: At least she will have contributed cash into the pension pot. She is entitled to her pension and good luck to her for many years.Many of us wont ever see our pension we have paid into because they keep on moving the retirement ages.!![/p][/quote]Seems like she paid most of her tax into the Canadian and US system and then came back here to retire and scoop up all our generous benefits ! Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -1

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