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Oldest resident celebrates 104th birthday!

Tue 14 May 2019

A Colne Housing resident celebrated her 104th birthday saying she was very happy with her home and had no plans to move!

Bunny Honeybun, who lives in Colne Housing's retirement scheme for over 55s in Ironside Walk, Manningtree, Essex, celebrated the milestone on May 13.

Bunny was visited by her granddaughters Lisa and Laura, Colne’s Chief Executive Sara Thakkar plus other staff and residents.

Bunny, who has five great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren, got back in contact with her youngest sister and only surviving sibling  – who is 100 and lives in Hampshire – after Colne put them in touch recently .

Bunny does the cryptic crossword every day, which has earned her the nickname the Crossword Queen.

She said: “I am happy with my life. I don’t feel I have wasted it, I have done so much. I have a lovely home and friends and family and have been lucky with my health! I have no plans to move.”

“I do a cryptic crossword every day to keep my mind active and a lot of reading. The residents at Ironside Walk call me the Crossword Queen.”

She was presented with a bouquet of flowers from Colne.

Colne’s Chief Executive Sara Thakkar said: “It was a delight to meet Bunny and celebrate her birthday with her. She is the oldest resident we have living in a Colne home and has a fantastic positive outlook.”

Colne is a vibrant, growing housing association which provides over 3,000 affordable homes in Essex and Suffolk to enable independent living.

Bunny, who has been deaf for 34 years, was named Violet when she was born in 1915 in Erith, Kent. She was the seventh of eight siblings.

In 1938 she married Henry, a volunteer in the Grenadier Guards and a London bus driver, and took the nickname Bunny after his surname. Sadly Henry died aged 66 on their wedding anniversary in 1979 and Bunny never remarried.

After being asked to leave school at 14 to do domestic work she eventually forged the career she wanted as a manager in the Post Office.

Bunny moved to Kirby Cross in Essex in 1981, where she was very involved in the community, before living in Clacton and then came to Ironside Walk 12 years ago.

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Oldest resident celebrates 104th birthday!

Bunny Honeybun celebrates 104th birthday with family and Colne staff

Oldest resident celebrates 104th birthday!

Bunny is congratulated by Colne's Chief Executive Sara Thakkar

Oldest resident celebrates 104th birthday!

Bunny with granddaughters Lisa and Laura