Wembley resident celebrates her 99th birthday in style
- Credit: Archant
Sharing a birthday cake with friends was the order of the day when Ethel Gooden of Wembley celebrated an incredible 99 years on September 10.
Mrs Gooden, who lives at Copland Nursing Home in Copland Avenue, was born in 1912, the same year Titanic sank on its maiden voyage to New York and singer Perry Como and dancer Gene Kelly were born,
Mrs Gooden, who is orginally from Jamaica, said: “Sometimes I never thought I will get there as most of my people that I came here with have all gone ahead.
“I came here over 60 years ago.
“Life has never been easy, yet my God has seen me through.
You may also want to watch:
“I take this opportunity to thank all those who gave me food and accommodation when I first came.
Mrs Gooden paid special tribute to Dame Betty Asafu-Adjaye, who runs the Mission Dine Club in Harlesden.
- 1 Residents anger as fourth gambling casino approved in Willesden street
- 2 Brent gang members convicted of shooting a man in Enfield
- 3 Fury as Brent's planning committees approves 'another high-rise' hotel in Wembley
- 4 Tokyo Olympics: Brondesbury Park pupils wish swimmer Tom Dean luck
- 5 Petition against LTNs in Cricklewood exceeds 1,000 signatures
- 6 Brent MP order out of Commons after accusing Prime Minister of lying 'over and over again'
- 7 Traffic disruptions in Brent from July 26 to August 1
- 8 Wembley: Fan robbed of watch after Euro 2020 final
- 9 Brent motorists hit with 2,633 blue badge penalty notices in 2020
- 10 Kilburn residents forced to flee homes after flash floods
“When I retired years ago, I started attending other day care clubs but when I was introduced to Mission Dine Club, I settled in as everyone at MDC Centre was real family.
“We called each other, visited one another and at the club we told different stories.”
“Dame Betty is a mother, a sister, a friend and all.
“She never visits without bringing food, drink, sweets and her love.
“I do pray for her all the time.
“I love her dearly and I call her my daughter as I don’t have any family. Ethel thanked everyone for helped to arrange her birthday party.
“May God bless all those who have helped me,” she said.
Gladys Abudalai, the nurse in charge at the home, said: “It was very nice.
“She cut the cake with her friends and really enjoyed herself, she was very excited.”