Doreen Angove became the latest Wilton centenarian to celebrate receiving a birthday telegram from HM The Queen.
Doreen and five generations of the Angove family gathered at Laverstock Care Home, Salisbury, for a special presentation by Lord and Lady Pembroke of the cherished telegram, and Wilton Mayor Peter Edge passed over a telegram from the Secretary of State at the Home Office. The party for 45 guests was organised by her daughter Elaine and husband Ray Johnson.
One of 10 children born to Sidney Musselwhite and Annie Parsons, Doreen was born at 18, Riverside, Wilton, November 22, 1917. She lived her whole life in Wilton, before moving into the care home, and she was proud to be a Wiltonian.
Leaving school aged 14, she worked in the carpet factory. She met her husband-to-be at Salisbury fair, when she was 18. Luigi Horace Angove was a flight sergeant at RAF Netheravon, originally from Barry Island. They married at Wilton Parish Church in 1938 by special license as Luigi was soon to be posted to the Far East.
Raising three children, Elaine, Barry and Glyn, Doreen worked at Wilton House and has served the Earl of Pembroke’s family for three generations.
She said she enjoyed every moment of her working life there for more than 43 years, and the family were very kind to her. Her special moment was being a guest at William and Victoria’s wedding, (now Lord and Lady Pembroke) and at the wedding, years earlier, of William’s parents in London.
Daughter Elaine said: “Six years ago, after a fall, my mother received a life- threatening brain injury. But with the skill at the Neurological Unit at Southampton Hospital, she miraculously survived and recovered at Farley Ward in Southampton District Hospital.
“But for their care, her 100th birthday celebration may not have happened.”
Doreen has six grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and nine great-great-grand-children.
Doreen actually attended her mother-in-law’s 100th birthday party.